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Injury-Free NC, a collaboration between the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Branch and the University of North Carolina’s Injury Prevention Research Center, is excited to launch the application for the 2022 Injury-Free NC Academy on Youth Suicide Prevention. This Academy will focus on youth suicide prevention and highlight the role of schools and youth-serving organizations in preventing youth suicide. Over the course of this two-day training, participants will learn best practices for policies, methods, and programs for youth suicide prevention.

The Academy will take place on August 17 and August 18 from 10 am to 4 pm each day. There will also be an optional Motivational Interviewing training in early summer for participants; this date will be announced as soon as it’s available. Though we cannot provide continuing education credits directly, we will provide participants with a signed certificate of contact hours.

Teams of 3-5 people are encouraged to apply. Team members may include members of your school mental health team, student support services staff (social workers, counselors, nurses), administrators, teachers, or members of a behavior modification team. Ideally, teams would have representation from “frontline” staff who regularly interact one-on-one with students as well as administrators or other policy decision-makers. One application per team should be submitted. You will be able to list all team members and their affiliations within the application.

Apply for the Academy here!

Applications are due by 5 PM on April 20th. You can also learn more by viewing the full info packet.

For questions, email Megan Lueck at