Susan Tellone is a Certified School Nurse and health educator with a Masters degree in nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in mental health and rehabilitation. She has been working as a psychiatric nurse for the past 40 years with an emphasis on suicide prevention. She worked in the Emergency rooms of Monmouth Medical as one of the first psychiatric emergency suicide screeners, and taught for many years at the University of Medicine and Dentistry on various topics on mental health, but specifically the psychiatric screening law of New Jersey. In 2008 Susan took a position at Manasquan High School as a school nurse and educator. Soon after that, her school experienced one of the larger teenage suicide contagions on record. During her tenure at Manasquan, Susan took on the roles of Crisis Coordinator, Anti-Bullying Specialist and Master Lifelines Suicide Prevention Trainer. She co-authored a Project Serv Grant (Schools against violence) and got funding into her school to develop a crisis plan based on the Lifelines Curriculum that became a national model. Susan continues to present both locally and nationally on this issue. Since retiring from education, Susan worked for three years as the Vice President of the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County. Presently she holds the position of the Clinical Director at Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, where she continues her passion for preventing suicide among our youth through education in schools and communities.