Each year in the U.S., thousands of teenagers commit suicide
Attendees will discover new information and key factors impacting youths’ risk for suicide, methods for engaging and supporting youth, and tools for determining level or risk and the need for intensive intervention. School and community program experts will describe how mindfulness, kindness and metta support can be applied with interventions to support youth resilience and facilitate positive outcomes in school and treatment settings. Experts and will also highlight the critical educational and preventative value of mentoring youth and community-building strategies.
CICAMH – Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent MHC
By request, this conference has expanded to a two-day format and will feature nationally and locally known clinicians, authors, experts and mentors on cutting-edge topics. Friday morning will focus on assessing and treating youth at risk for suicide, programmatic and institutional (schools, jails, child abuse shelters) factors involved in assessment and intervention, and outcome data about interventions. In addition, the role of suicide and self-harm in a youth’s identity will be presented. In the afternoon, speakers will present clinical aspects of psychopharmacology for children and youth, beginning with basic understandings and methods and then diving into advanced issues in treating adolescents with complex emotional and behavioral issues such as combinations of ADHD, aggression, autism and complex mood disorders. On Saturday, attendees will take a new look at neurobiology and how this contributes to understanding the challenges facing youth today. Presenters will offer assessment and intervention methods, based in brain science that can facilitate the normal development of children and youth. Specifically, the aspects of youth life that will be addressed include basic brain development of the adolescent; the impact of livestreaming, social media and technology on brain wiring and brain development; and how creativity, movement and mindfulness can positively impact and shape the young brain.
Local suicide prevention organizations know this urgency and are stepping in to help. Critical suicide prevention care includes crisis lines where individuals with suicidal ideation can speak with trained counselors or get a referral to crisis centers that provide short term stabilization. For acute long term care, access lines can connect people with local resources, such as inpatient hospitalization for a residential stay at a mental health facility. To ensure recovery, outpatient treatment offers day mental health services. Supportive housing can allow individuals to regain independence while having a structured treatment program. Other services include therapy, mental health education, and peer support groups where people with lived experience can share practical lessons.