Katie Ellison, MA

Presenting in Kansas City

Katie Ellison recently worked as a Student Assistance Coordinator in a school district in rural Northeast Wyoming.  During the last six of her ten years with the district, 15 current and former students died by suicide.  Finding themselves in a center of community wide suicide contagion the school  district and the community needed to swiftly learn and implement comprehensive suicide prevention best-practice strategies to contain the contagion effect.

Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Development from Utah State University, a Master’s Degree in Psychology from University of the Rockies, and is currently working on a Master’s in Professional School Counseling at Bradley University.  Katie is also a certified QPR Gatekeeper Trainer from the QPR Institute, a registered ASIST Trainer from LivingWorks, a certified Connect Post-vention Trainer from NAMI NH and was the first Accredited School Suicide Prevention Specialist in the state of Wyoming through the American Association of Suicidology.  Additionally, Katie survived suicide attempt in her mid-twenties and successfully lives with depression and anxiety.

Best Practices for Suicide Prevention in Schools – Lessons Learned in K-12 Public Education.


  1. Gain knowledge of best-practice strategies and resources for suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts in K-12 schools.

  2. Understand the need and a call to action to have a comprehensive prevention, intervention and postvention plan before a suicide death of a student.

  3. Find hope that schools lead the effort to prevent the spread of suicide contagion in schools.


Slides and Handouts:

Ellison – Best Practices for Suicide Prevention in Schools