PDT-SocWk-35 - What Can We Do? Pathways to Understanding Youth Suicide
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children and teens who visited emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and attempts doubled between 2007 and 2015. These numbers are startling and concerning.
As professionals who work with young people, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by these serious mental health needs. Although we may not see how our role can make a positive impact, this workshop will offer possible pathways to understanding, reminding educators and mental health providers of their important role and ability to foster hope, connect the disconnected, and reduce stigma.
Begin with an examination of how suicide has been understood and misunderstood throughout modern history from a socio-cultural perspective. An exploration of the art and science of suicide intervention will be offered by surveying the landscape of prevention programming and support. Discuss the current research on suicidal trends, including the ways that suicide is understood from a neurobiological perspective.
Finally, focus on ways that professionals who work with youth can take action, in large and small ways, both personally and professionally, to feel empowered in the fight to save young lives.
6.0 Category A Continuing Education hours for licensure have been applied for through NASW-NH.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Coaching Children & Teens : Electives