New Virtual Series Raising Awareness For Suicide Prevention In Nevada
September is Suicide Prevention Month. And three local organizations have joined forces to spread awareness of the importance of mental health wellness in our teen communities.
Hope Means Nevada (HMN) is a community-based nonprofit focused on eliminating youth suicide in the state. Their mission includes empowering Nevada’s youth to live hopeful lives and helping them in their mental health journey towards healing. The organization does this in part by connecting Nevada’s youth with needed resources. And they work to teach these young adults the importance of practicing mental wellness.
The Cook Center for Human Connection (CCHC) is a Utah-based nonprofit. They strive to bring together the best organizations, programs, and products to help their mission. Which is to prevent suicide, provide mental health support, and enhance the human connections that are vital for people to thrive. CCHC also hosts ParentGuidance.org. Which offers free mental health guidance to parents and guardians in the Clark County School District.
ParentGuidance.org offers video courses that covering difficult parenting topics. As well as individualized coaching and weekly interactive webinars. The videos cover a wide range of topics. Including how to deal with a child’s anxiety and how to help a child with emotional regulation. The video also addresses bullying and social media safety. As well as what parents and guardians need to know about suicide prevention.
In partnership with the Clark County School District, HMN and CCHC are hosting a virtual suicide prevention series.
Titled “My Life Is Worth Living“, the series includes short films and discussions that are offering training to participants in the community. Trainees include HMN’s Teen Committee. Who are students from high schools around Southern Nevada determined to spread the message to their peers of the importance of mental wellness.
The public is invited to attend the series as well, as suicide is a universal topic. The Cook Center for Human Connection reports that someone in the United States dies by suicide every 40 seconds. And that suicide is the second highest cause of death for those between the ages of 10 and 34.
Each of the four videos shows an animated scenario that shows a character struggling with common challenges facing teens today. Including trauma, depression, identity, cyber bullying, social rejection, sexual abuse, and substance abuse. CCHC created the series in partnership with a scientist who specializes in suicidal behavior. The purpose of these video is to show what might compel someone to consider suicide, as well as what could prevent it. Each screening is followed by discussions and group activities geared toward 6-12th graders.
Here is the schedule for the remainder of the series. Installments take place at 6 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 21: Parent/Child Night – Recap of “My Life Is Worth Living” series. HMN encourages community partners to join for a discussion on teen mental health resources. Thursday, Sept. 21: Parents/Teens – “Providing Hope” – What parents need to know about suicide prevention. Tuesday, Sept. 26: Dante’s Story – A high school sports star decides to face disappointment from an overbearing father in order to be honest with himself.
Those interested can register for the webinar at https://linktr.ee/hopemeansnevada.
– Wendy Rush, 96.3 KKLZ