LGBTQIA+ Youth Suicide Prevention

Sponsor: New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

PRESENTATION:This workshop is a collaborative training between Connor’s Climb, a suicide prevention organization, and Seacoast Outright, an organization that supports LGBTQ+ youth. LGBTQ+ youth are at an increased risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, which makes effective support and intervention for this population critical. This training will create a shared understanding of basic LGBTQ+ terminology and will cover the unique risk factors that elevate the risk of suicide for these youth, as well as methods of increasing protective factors as a means of suicide prevention.

Following this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Define basic LGBTQ+ terms:  gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation;
  2. Explain why LGBTQ+ youth are at an elevated risk of suicide and unique risk factors; 
  3. Identify warning signs for depression and/or suicidal ideation; and 
  4. Describe upstream support strategies, protective factors for LGBTQ+ youth and how to ACT to prevent a suicide attempt 


Jessica “Jess” Goff (she/her/hers) works as the Community Outreach and Education Coordinator at Seacoast Outright, a nonprofit organization that serves, supports, and advocates for LGBTQ+ youth in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and beyond. As part of this role, she coordinates educational opportunities and events within the community that increase the visibility and inclusion of LGBTQ+ youth.  

Jessica holds her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Rivier University. She has worked within the nonprofit sector for the past six years and has continually sought to create intersectional safe spaces in her work with youth, unhoused folks, individuals with Developmental Disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. She is a lifelong NH resident and currently lives in Concord. 

Sarah Gould has worked with and on behalf of children and families for over 15 years.  She is currently the Training and Program Manager for Connor’s Climb Foundation, a small Exeter-based non-profit that provides evidence and research-based suicide prevention education to schools and communities throughout New Hampshire and bordering communities.  Sarah coordinates and facilitates all the training for Connor’s Climb.   

Prior to joining Connor’s Climb, Sarah worked in public education as a School Counselor and in the non-profit sector supporting families living in poverty.  As a School Counselor, she was on the forefront of creating and revising suicide prevention policy and procedure and gained practical experience assessing risk for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.  Sarah holds her Master’s degree in Ed Counseling and her BS in Psychology.

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Event Details

March 8, 2024
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Remote via Zoom
NHADACA Members – $25.00
Non-Members – $30.00