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Mission and Purpose

The School of Social Work at Monmouth University has created the SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project. Suicide prevention is a critical topic and point of focus with several key populations, including but not limited to youth, veterans, and adults.

The SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project will focus on the following areas of activity:

  • Training on suicide prevention in collaboration with the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County;
  • Ongoing curriculum and program development for schools, colleges, and other professional disciplines;
  • Strengthening interdisciplinary partnerships to promote suicide prevention and awareness;
  • Research for evaluation and original discovery in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention;
  • Preparing students and professionals as future employees with an awareness of suicide prevention resources and to act as advocates in their workplaces and communities;
  • Collaboration with other community partners at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Dissemination of research to create best practice models.

Your participation with this Project is essential, and there are a number of ways you can become involved:

  • Help disseminate information about the Project’s activities
  • Donate to support the Project financially

Please contact Dr. Robin Mama, Dean of the School of Social Work if you would like to help get information out about the Project. Dr. Mama can be reached at or at her direct office line, 732-571-3607.


Clinical Training Opportunities

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The SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project is pleased to announce two clinical training opportunities in youth suicide prevention. Our March conference is designed for clinical mental health and substance use providers that serve youth at risk for suicide in their local communities. Our professional conference in April is designed for school counselors. Details and links to online registration and payment are available below.


If you would like to donate, please make your check to Monmouth University and designate SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project in the memo line of your check. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Your financial contribution can be mailed to:

Monmouth University
School of Social Work
McAllan Hall
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764

You can also donate through our online Giving form. Please be sure to type SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project in the Gift Designation field.

Make Your Contribution Today


Online Resources

Read an Overview of the SRF Suicide Prevention Project Conference

The following resources below were made available during our September conference. All downloadable files are in Acrobat PDF format.

Steering Committee

Robin Mama, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Social Work

Michelle Scott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Director of SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project

Maureen Underwood, L.C.S.W.
Clinician and suicide prevention specialist. Co-creator or Lifelines Trilogy for Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention for Schools

Mary Pat Angelini, MPA
CEO, Preferred Behavioral Health, Former NJ Assembly woman responsible for several suicide prevention legislation, suicide prevention advocate

Wendy DePedro, MsED
Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Monmouth County; suicide prevention advocate; Member of NJ Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council to the Governor

Sue Tellone, MSN, RN
Associate Director, Mental Health Association of Monmouth County. School nurse at Manasquan high school during suicide contagion

Scott Fritz
Suicide Prevention Advocate

Denise Wegeman, L.C.S.W.
Clinician, Monmouth University, School of Social Work graduate; worked in suicide contagion in Manasquan

Katie Rizman, L.C.S.W.
Clinician, Monmouth University’s Counseling and Psychological Services



Preventing youth suicide, Monmouth takes the lead

September 22, 2017


Suicide Prevention Benefit Concert

The Lords of 52nd Street:
Legends of the Billy Joel Band
December 8 | Pollak Theater

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SRF Benefit Concert - Lords of 52nd Street 2017

Thank you for a wonderful evening!

If you are interested in supporting our work, please Make Your Contribution Today.

If you are interested in learning more about what the SRF project is all about, please contact Michelle Scott, Ph.D., at