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14-Suicide prevention peer programs /Club kids for mental health

Black, Indigenous, and Youth of Color (Colorado middle and high school students): According to the 2019 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, approximately 45% of Colorado youth attending public high schools identify as non-white. Table 1 highlights three indicators related to mental health and/or suicidal despair which are indicative of disparities that impact non-white students in Colorado. Colorado health department statistics ...

What makes us different!

This course is adaptable to school-age youth from 6 to 18. The material presented here is a compilation of the author’s many years of experience with Bilingual and Bicultural youth, offering valuable insights and perceptions about the impacts and effects of adverse conditions on mental health. The material has been designed to accommodate students in a 1-hour group. This course trains the students in, 1) how to approach peers and best friends who manifest signs of suicidal ideation or self-harm behaviors, and 2) how to refer them to appropriate support systems. Participants will come away better prepared to help each other get through their darkest hours safely. This set of courses will offer a tool to empower the students to feel in control of having a safe place at school, at home, and at work.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this 2-hour workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three symptoms of mental health which lead to suicidal ideation.
  • Identify at least four communication skills to approach peers and friends.
  • Identify at least four preventive factors for depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and homicidal ideation.
  • Utilize one or more resources with students on how to reach out for help.

Course Outline

  1. Background: Who am I?
  2. Identifying mental illness for me, my friends, and my family (include parent-child workshop)
  3. Communication skills
  4. Prevention
  5. Who I can reach out to for help
  6. Tools and resources