Suicide among youth has been increasing for over a decade. The chances are high that as a paraprofessional, you will meet with teens and young adults who are at risk for suicide. However, it is important to bear in mind that suicide is preventable. With knowledge of risk factors and warning signs, you can help to identify young people with increased risk. By using tools that effectively reduce risk, you can enhance the safety of vulnerable, at-risk youth and save lives. The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals in health and human services settings with skills for recognizing risk factors of suicide and improving safety among at-risk youth.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Suicide Risk Among Youth
Supporting At-Risk Youth
Youth Suicide: Just How Big Is the Problem?
Myths About Suicide
What Are Risk Factors?
Specific Risk Factors
Section 3: Steps to Prevent Youth Suicide
Preventing Suicide is a Team Effort
Five Steps You Can Take to Save Lives
Step One: Ask
How Can You Promote Becca’s Safety?
Step Two: Keep Them Safe
Step Three: Be There
Next Steps for Becca
Step Four: Help Them Connect
Becca’s Safety Plan
Step Five: Follow Up
Section 4: Conclusion
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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