Parenting Teens: Expert Advice from Teen Mental Health Expert
“The fall of 2013 we’ve already had two suicides. This follows a student suicide in 2012, a staff suicide in 2013, two accidental student deaths, and the death of another staff member. All this in two years.Following the suicide in 2012 (the boy’s father also took his life later that day), we gathered a group of individuals representative of the school and the community (law enforcement, mental health providers, local ministers, etc.) to determine what we could do as a school community to deal with our loss and prevent additional lives lost to suicide. During a recent meeting it was decided that I should contact you about coming to our community to meet with our students, staff, and the community.” – Superintendent, Indiana
It takes a village to raise a childIf we are going to speak to teens about mental health and suicide prevention, Jeff feels strongly that we have a responsibility to speak to parents as well. Let’s make it a full day event that inspires, teaches, and brings awareness. Let’s educate ourselves on teen mental health and teen suicide. You do not want to be the next parent that experiences the loss of your child. It’s important to get educated and understand our youth. It’s also important our parents and guardians, teachers, and coaches understand how our youth are thinking and what they are asking for. Teens don’t walk in the house after a long day and say, “Mom . . . Dad? I’ve had a long day. Can we talk?” No. They come home hide in their rooms wishing their parents would acknowledge them. Learn how to best create the open lines of communication between parent/guardian and teen. Learn the two most important traits of a teen that leads them to self-harm and suicidal ideation.
Parents Come Out For Jeff’s TalkHundreds of parents fill out the auditorium and gymnasium when they hear Jeff Yalden is coming to town. He mesmerizes student audiences with his real talk and parents love him for his confirmation of parenting and relationships with their children.
Teens Don’t Care About Statistics And Research
A Community in Mourning . . . Who Do They Turn To?Let’s not be ‘That community in mourning . . .’ Teen Depression and Teen Suicide is prevalent today. How does Jeff know? Because day after day the phone rings about another teen having taken their life. Phone calls from school principals, superintendents, community members, and parents asking Jeff to come and help. Community and Parent Programs are Important. Bring in the right speaker for your teens and your parents will come. Jeff Yalden does a lot of teen programs and parent / community programs. The impact is memorable and you and your parents will be glad you made this choice.
The Man Deals with Youth Suicide Everyday in School Communities All Over The World!
Imagine Losing 9 Teens in One Year, including 4 in Six Weeks! Imagine 18 teen suicides in 18 months!
Jeff is a dynamic, determined and compassionate soul committed to the service of others. His soul’s work is one that many could never do and others may not acknowledge as necessary. None the less, his commitment to helping teens deal with issues that are real, having conversations that are difficult and life saving is only surpassed by his humility and heart. Thank you Jeff for doing your soul’s work. Lives have been saved because if you and the world is a better place with you in it. – Maribeth McKenzie, Owner Inlet Yoga