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AFSP's resource of facts, commonly asked questions, how to talk your child about suicide, and more.
According to national statistics, we lose more than 2,000 children and teens per year to suicide. Experts say, asking a child directly about suicidal thoughts is usually the best thing a parent can do to help their child open up about their emotions. Even if their child is not struggling with suicide or depression, parents can model for their child that it is good to talk about serious emotional concerns with trusted adults and important to reach out to friends to have these conversations, too.
"Suicide: The Ripple Effect" is a feature length documentary that takes you on a journey with Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. The film highlights Kevin’s miraculous story, while showing the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and action that are helping millions of people find the hope needed to stay alive.
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Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
For information on attending a YMHFA training in Westmoreland County contact Marissa Rega at firstname.lastname@example.org