031: HOPE4UTAH – Suicide Prevention

mailNatasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Greg Hudnall, one of the premier experts in adolescent suicide prevention in the state of Utah. He has served on Utah’s Suicide Prevention Task Force and was asked to testify before congress and the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah.

He has been the executive director of the Utah County HOPE task force, a group of professional volunteers who work to prevent suicide in Utah County. He is also the executive director of the public education crisis team, a group of volunteers who respond to deaths associated with public schools across the state of Utah.  Dr. Hudnall has been instrumental in developing the model for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention for public schools and communities in Utah. He has trained over 19,000 educators, mental health workers and volunteers, including judges in Utah.

He is currently the executive director of “hope4utah” a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicide in the state of Utah that focuses on community collaboration and school based peer-to-peer support.

Great information not only for parents and educators – but also church leaders such as bishops, YW/YM leaders, Relief Society Presidents, stake presidents, etc.

Dr. Thomas Joiner: The Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicidal Behavior: Current Empirical Status

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline




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