Full course description
Sadly the holiday season can be a terribly stressful time for the youth in our care, especially if they are away from their family for the first time, or when memories of past holidays bring them discomfort. The stress can increase their depression, anxiety, and trigger suicidal thoughts. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 million people die each year from suicide. It is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24 and the THIRD leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs. Learn how to recognize these warning signs and what you can do to save a life. Review the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and how they are directly linked to suicide. Study misconceptions about suicide and how to address them in your work. Discuss several tips on preventing suicide, including how to assess the level of suicide risk. Explore common suicide risk factors for children and teens, including problems that may trigger a suicide attempt. Examine alarming statistics to remind you of your crucial role as providers to assess and address suicide with all our youth. Learn how you can make a difference!