Teen Suicide and Self-Harm: Practical Tips for Youth Ministers and Staff

Presented by: Hope and Healing Center & Institute and The Menninger Clinic

In this presentation, participants will learn about the role of faith leaders in suicide prevention in adolescents. Why an adolescent might become suicidal, as well as, how to respond to adolescents expressing suicidal thoughts will be discussed. Participants will learn how to effectively assess adolescents for suicidal risk, how to intervene, and work with parents to establish safety and seek additional support when necessary. Education on non-suicidal self-harm will be provided as well, including ways to assess, intervene, and work with parents. Suicide within a faith community and the role of the faith leader in comforting the family and congregation will also be discussed. Resources for referrals will be provided.

• Recognize the warning signs for suicide in adolescents.
• Learn how to assess adolescents for suicidal risk and respond appropriately.
• Learn ways to involve the family in intervention and treatment.
• Learn how to provide validation, empathy, and emotional support to adolescents expressing suicidal thoughts and/or engaging in non-suicidal self-harm.
• Gain a better understanding of suicidal thoughts and behavior from a spiritual perspective.

Speakers: Matthew S. Stanford, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Hope and Healing Center & Institute; Sonia Roschelli, LCSW, LCDC, @TheMenningerClinic; Lenni Marcus, LMSW, @TheMenningerClinic


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