Suicide Among African American Teens and Young Adults – A Discussion for People In A Position To Help
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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, and many educators and individuals in helping professions are not convinced that suicide is a genuine 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), as well as to provide individuals with strategies and resources to appropriately intervene with a young person considering suicide.
Brian Evans and Justin Idleburg Brian Evans is the Associate Program Director for Suicide Prevention Education Programming at the Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. He facilitates the suicide PREV, a Prevention, Response, Education and Victory educational training for educators, parents, agency staff and faith communities. He completed his Masters of Social Work degree at Washington University St. Louis in August of 2010. His studies include suicide in African Americans and other marginalized populations. He has 15 years career experience in social services for an urban elementary and middle schools.
Justin Idleburg joined the Independence Center in St. Louis after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He sits on the Independence Center Development Board and the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Consumer Conference Committee. He has spoken at the United Nations and as a Torch Light Speaker in the Combined Federal Campaign
The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. MIMH will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this program. 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.
License information for Missouri residents: http://pr.mo.gov/professions.asp