Teen Health & Wellness

Teen Health & Wellness: Becoming a Trusted Resource


PARENTS: Do you know if your child is trying to help a friend having thoughts of suicide? Do you know what to say if a teen tells you they are having thoughts of suicide? Do you know if your child is having thoughts of suicide? Learn what to do in all of these situations and how to be a trusted resource for youth in your life. Rosecrance Central Illinois and Rattle the Stars are hosting a training seminar for parents to teach them practical skills needed to support youth dealing with suicide.

Monday Sept. 16th 6pm-9pm at Rosecrance  2302 Moreland Blvd, Champaign.

RSVP to Lauren Ramshaw at 217-840-5262 or lramshaw@rosecrance.org or register online.

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Program Description:

Nationally, 1 in 6 youth have thoughts of suicide, and 1 in 12 attempt suicide.  In Illinois, 47,000 youth report making a suicide attempt, and nearly 100 die each year.  Family, friends, and other adults in the position to intervene may be limited in their understanding of suicide and may not feel comfortable or competent to address the issue.

Kim Bryan, director of Rattle the Stars, addresses these concerns in a training seminar on suicide intervention.  This training will educate participants on the scope and impacts of suicide, risk factors for suicide (including discussions of high-risk populations), and how to recognize and intervene with youth who may have thoughts of suicide.  Included will be discussion of effective ways of talking about suicide, screening for suicide risk, safety planning, means safety, and connecting to services.

Kim Bryan has a BS in Psychology and Sociology and completed graduate study in Sociology at the University of Illinois.  Through research and advocacy, she has experience with crisis intervention, systems of care, and bullying prevention, and has worked with youth with mental illness and behavior disorders, youth involved in the juvenile justice system, survivors of sexual assault and abuse, and youth and adults with suicidal ideation.  Following the loss of her 19-year-old son to suicide in 2016, she founded Rattle the Stars to provide suicide prevention education to the community and advocate for people with mental illness and experience with suicide.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about suicide, including causes and risk factors.
  2. Learn warning signs for suicide and how to recognize youth who may have thoughts of suicide.
  3. Learn how to intervene, including how to ask about thoughts of suicide, screening for risk, safety planning, means safety, and documentation.
  4. Learn about resources and supports for people having thoughts of suicide.

Program Schedule (tentative):

6:00 – 6:15 Welcome and Introductions
6:15 – 7:00 Know about suicide: causes, scope, lethal means, risk factors
7:00 – 7:15 Know what to look for: warning signs
7:15 – 7:25 Break
7:25 – 8:40 Know what to do: talking about suicide, screening, lethal means counseling
8:40 – 9:00 Know how to get support: resources and referrals