Suicide among African American Teens and Young Adults: A Discussion for People in a Position to Help
Stigma often prevents individuals from gaining awareness and understanding of suicide. Talking candidly about suicide with parents and caregivers can be difficult barrier to overcome when cultural stigma exist. Common misconceptions or cultural beliefs discourage many from seeking treatment. Also, many educators and individuals in helping professions are not totally convinced suicide is a health concern for African American communities. This educational training aims to raise awareness and understanding of suicidal behavior among African American adolescents (ages 14-24 years). It is also aimed provide individuals with strategies and resources to appropriately intervene with a young person considering suicide.
Bryan Evans is the Associate Program Director for suicide prevention education programming at Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. Bryan facilitates the SuicidePREV (Prevention, Response, Education, Victory) educational training for educators, parents, agency staff and faith communities. He completed a Masters of Social Work degree at Washington University-St. Louis, August 2010. His studies include suicide and African Americans, and other marginalized populations. Bryan has 15 years career experience in social services for an urban elementary and middle schools.
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.