ISU sponsors free suicide prevention seminars April 20-June 22
April 15, 2011
Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health and Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health are collaborating to promote a free webinar series to be held April 20-June 22.
The series is being offered to Idaho's network of suicide prevention advocates and others in the nonprofit sector as part of ISU-IRH's Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention project funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Participants may register for individual sessions or the full series at or contact Sheryl Schrepf, senior evaluator and trainer, at or 402-770-2980.
The webinars will be presented by the National Federation of Families which advocates for children with mental health concerns and their families. The six "Increasing Your Success in Advocacy and Sustainability Efforts" webinars feature national experts on advocacy and sustainability of nonprofit organizations.
Participants will learn the importance of using evaluation data to enhance their advocacy and sustainability success, focus on strategies to provide the most effective advocacy, and how to build partnerships for the sustainability of organizations and programs. Specific templates to complete self-assessments, sustainability plans and evaluation of these efforts will be provided.
The schedule is as follows:
• "The Relationship of Evaluation, Advocacy and Sustainability," April 20;
• "Building Partnerships with Evaluation Efforts and Community Stakeholders," April 27;
• "Increasing Your Success in Advocacy with Data-Driven Strategies," May 11;
• "Evaluation and Components of Sustainability Planning," May 25;
• "Sustainability Planning – Process and Strategies," June 8; and
• "Real Life Sustainability – Success Stories using Evaluation Data," June 22.
Each webinar is from 1:30-3 p.m. Participants can access the program from their computer or by phone. For information on the ISU-IRH Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project, contact Lynda Bennett at or 208-373-1768.