- Youth suicide prevention programs in schools
- Early intervention/mental health promotion
- Program planning practice
- Narrative research
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people in North America.
Dr. Jennifer White of the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria is working to bring down that statistic. For over 20 years she has studied youth suicide prevention.
Her current research project looks at youth suicide prevention education in schools. She focuses on bringing young people's voices to the forefront of discussions around youth suicide.
Dr. White is just finishing a book that brings together critical perspectives on suicide prevention, including those who have either lived through a suicidal crisis or have made a suicide attempt.
Dr. White's research invites people to think more broadly about the issue of youth suicide so that it isn't seen as only a mental health issue. As higher rates of suicide among aboriginal and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth suggest, youth suicide is also a social and political issue.
Dr. White worked for years as a counsellor and then in the provincial government system planning comprehensive suicide prevention strategies.
She brings this mix of practice, policy and theory to her teaching at the university.
Dr. White was the recipient of the 2004 Service Award from the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and is a past member of their board.
Dr. White's Faces of UVic Research video: http://youtu.be/bX4Uz9P6VqU