Preventing Teen Suicide: What to Look For, What to Do
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for adolescents 10-24. Though one in eight students suffer from depression, many of them are going undiagnosed or untreated. Depression is highly treatable and suicide, highly preventable. Oftentimes; however, adolescents are unaware of how and where to get help. School staff and teachers can sometimes be the first adults able to observe obvious signs and symptoms of depression and/or other mental health issues in adolescents. This web conference serves to do just that. Participants will not only gain greater awareness of both depression and suicidal ideation in teens but will learn practical skills to safeguard both their students and own children.
Sara Strawhun is the School Outreach Project Manager for CHADS Coalition for Mental Health. CHADS is a Saint Louis-based mental health organization that aims to educated students and adults on the warning signs of teen suicide and symptoms of depression. This school year alone, CHADS has educated over 6,000 youth in the state on suicide prevention. Sara received her B.A. from Azusa Pacific University in Sociology. Following matriculation she joined Teach for America through which she taught middle school social studies in Philadelphia. Sara began her M.Ed. at the University of Pennsylvania and finished at the University of Missouri with an emphasis in Secondary Education. She has significant experience working with youth in many different areas such as character development, justice education, creative expression and service initiatives. She now oversees all school programming for CHADS Coalition and was recently awarded the Community Suicide Prevention Award from the Department of Mental Health for her efforts in educating the public on this important topic.
Continuing Professional Education:
We offer the following accreditation which is available during the Web Conference, via a link below the video window: The University of Missouri-St Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this activity.MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.