This is Suicide Prevention Week and yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day. We’ve already highlighted Suicide Prevention Week in our highlight of the Last Call screening. But, with the recent news of pastor and mental health activist Jarrid Wilson, it seems like we should continue talking about this topic.
My friend Shane works for NotMyKid, an organization that exists to “empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.” They recently launched a podcast and coordinated the launch with World Suicide Prevention Day.
The podcast is called Win This Year and they describe it this way:
“Win This Year is the official podcast of notMYkid, a national 501(c)3 prevention nonprofit dedicated to inspiring positive life choices by educating parents, preteens, teens, families, and educators on the mental health and behavioral health challenges facing our youth today. Win This Year shares information, inspiration, and strategies for parents and educators on the topics of substance use, suicide, bullying, internet safety, social media, body image, relationships, anxiety, self-injury, depression, and more.”
Listen to the podcast here and read more below.
Following the loss of her son Adrio Romine in May 2019, Paolla Jordan is determined to use her experience to prevent teen suicides and to help other families not have to go through the same thing. In this episode, she shares her experience, knowledge, and hope as well as suggestions and strategies for parents and those who work with youth. Paolla and Win This Year host Shane Watson also discuss the role that the internet played in Adrio's suicide.
Longtime prevention professional, coach, parent, and ASIST master trainer Joronda Montaño talks with host Shane Watson about signs and symptoms of someone who is considering suicide, how to begin a conversation with someone who is suicidal, and how to help someone who is having thoughts of suicide.
Host Shane Watson discusses suicide prevention and intervention resources and crisis lines, and shares a personal anecdote regarding an unusual suicide intervention he once took part in.
Contact information, resources and links mentioned in this episode:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text "Listen" to 741741
Teen Lifeline: (800) 248-8336
Paolla Jordan/LaloBoy Foundation: (480) 788-4187
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