Suicide Awareness Presentations
One of the components of a comprehensive youth suicide prevention program is parent education. Adolescents and young adults don’t always confide in their own parents; they are concerned about worrying their parents, or having them get upset or overreact. Sometimes it is the Sunday school teacher, Boy Scout leader, or neighbor that notices troubling behaviors or hears words of concern. Therefore, we believe that ALL parents need to:
- Understand more about the causes and symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression;
- Understand that children/teens watch adults more than they listen to them and that what adults do (i.e., handle their own stress) makes a difference;
- Know when to worry and to be able to differentiate “normal” teen behavior from behavior that warrants professional help;
- Recognize the risk factors and warning signs for depression and suicide;
- Know how and where to access professional resources; and
- Be willing to seek help for a child/teen in emotional distress. Not doing so, can leave the child/teen feeling hurt and more alone.
Contact a YSPP Field Coordinator to request a presentation in your area.