Audience: DSS employees (foster care staff and in-home services workers), foster parents, and community providers and partners
Topic: The Emotionally Naked Truth About Youth Suicide: The intersection of suicide and substance misuse in youth – 90 minutes with Q&A
After trying to find help for her once joyful son and rap artist, including wilderness therapy and therapeutic boarding school, Anne Moss Rogers’ son, Charles met heroin, a love affair that ended with his suicide in June 2015.
Based on the book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk, this presentation will lead a conversation around substance misuse, mental health, and focus on reducing suicide as a threat to life. Attendees will learn the cryptic and often veiled ways youth cry for help, how to respond and what to do as well as signs of specific types of substance misuse and resources for parents and guardians. Caregivers will have insight into the warning signs and when young people are most at risk.
- Real-life signs of suicide in youth and what to say/do
- Different kinds of substance misuse– signs, symptoms, resources
- What’s normal teen angst and what is a warning sign
- Lesser-known transitions when adolescents are more at risk