Can We Talk?
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About the Event
My vision for this project is to create a product that schools and specific groups can use to help decrease the stigma that youth, parents, and the community may be dealing with, concerning youth who engage in suicidal ideation and/or self-harming behaviors. Parents, families, and friends need to know that they can get help in understanding what youth are going through and know where to turn for support for their youth and themselves in getting the information and resources they need. In educating ourselves, we can be better prepared to talk about serious issues that youth face daily that affect their lives in significant ways. Often, it is hard for youth to know how to talk to others when they are feeling confused, alone, sad, anxious, and fearful of "being the only one." Whether they are struggling with mental health challenges, stigma, discrimination, or at-risk behaviors, they need to know they are loved, are not alone, can feel safe, be heard, and feel assured that help is available.
Helping parents see that youth are at times, drawn to certain negative social media apps that promote bullying, engagement in harmful actions such as vaping, violent dating experiences, and self-injurious behaviors, these are only a few ways youth show us that they are reaching out and asking for help.
We can encourage youth to seek help by introducing them to creative expressions such as, poetry, dance (KRUMP), role-play, music, and art so they can begin to build up their self-esteem and confidence which can help strengthen positive coping strategies to survive these tough years.
I am reaching out to you and other interested individuals and organizations to be on panels, lead discussions, and help teens develop creative ways to express their concerns. That they can speak without fear and seek the support they need to feel true to themselves.
Please feel free to add to, change, suggest, or get involved in ways to help this event be a meaningful outreach to youth who need trusting, positive adults, and peers in their lives.
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