Student Perspectives on Universal Depression Screening Following a Suicide

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. summarize students' perspectives on the value of universal screening following a suicide death.
  2. consider ways that schools can better support students following a suicide death based on student perception of need.
  3. identify gaps in services within their schools and communities in the event of a suicide death and plan for effective postvention services.


School psychologists often lead a school’s response to a suicide death especially since universal depression/suicide screening is indicated in best practice postvention guidelines. But little research has looked at students’ perspectives on how schools can best support them following a suicide death. This presentation provides an initial glimpse into students’ perspectives on education/screening programs and effective ways that school psychologists can support students following a suicide death.



Meghan Diamon, Riverside Community Care


Rebecca G. Mirick, James McCauley


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