How to Help a Friend - Suicide Prevention Training

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We Can All Help to Prevent Suicide ~ Peer to Peer. This is a virtual workshop for youth 13+

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20% of young people will struggle with a depression before adulthood.​

90 - 98% of all youth suicides involve a mental illness, the most common being depression.​

Yet, roughly 80% of young people with depression will go unrecognized and untreated.​

1 of 6 middle school age youth seriously considers suicide. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among teens.​

80% of people who die by suicide have given off clues or talked about suicide.​

Here in Washington…​

Two Washington State Youth (10-24 years old) die by suicide each week.

By recognizing, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.

This training will help equip peers with effective tools and strategies to assist those who may be at risk.

About the presenter:

How to Help a Friend is typically led by teen facilitators. During this virtual presentation, Laura Smith- M.Ed., from the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network will be leading the workshop. Laura has been working in the prevention field for the last 20 years. As part of the Development Team at the Committee for Children, Laura helped develop and/or revise Steps to Respect - a bullying prevention curriculum, Woven Word - a social skills and emergent literacy program, and Second Step- a social skills promotion program. Laura is the developer of the CAN acronym used in the How to Help a Friend program. She is looking forward to sharing the CAN acronym with youth so that they are prepared to respond when a friend is struggling.

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