University of Washington College of Education Professor James Mazza, a former president of the American Association of Suicidology, recently answered questions about youth suicide, mental health issues and the role of educators during a Facebook Live chat.

Mazza teaches in the UW’s school psychology program and is the co-author of "DBT Skills in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents." His research explores adolescent mental health issues, particularly internalizing disorders such as depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, exposure to violence and especially suicidal behavior.

During the chat, Mazza answered questions about the impact of the series “13 Reasons Why” on conversations about youth suicide, how educators can respond to questions from students talking about the series, how teachers can help students struggling the mental health issues and more.

Mazza also recently participated in a Facebook Live chat hosted by the American Association of Suicidology.

For support and resources related to suicide prevention, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s website or call 1-800-273-8255 or text "home" to 741741.


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