Changing the Narrative on Mental Health and Suicide

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, September 22, 2022
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • 100% approval rating
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Learners' Own Words

"Great reflective questions and pacing. It had the right amount of content for the time allotted and the facilitators gave great examples."

"The speakers had a very real, conversational and non-judgmental style."

"An all around great training. Love the format and the information shared."

Your Training Description

In this training, you’ll learn how to have healthy conversations on mental health and suicide, how to avoid harmful messages that might increase suicide risk in individuals, and why changing our language is an important first step in suicide prevention. You’ll gain skills to reduce stigma, mitigate risks, and promote help-seeking behavior. You’ll expand your knowledge of warning signs to look for, potential risk and protective factors connected with suicidal outcomes, and what to do when someone needs help.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of language when talking about mental health and suicide
  • Learn how to have healthy conversations around mental health and suicide
  • Identify the risk and protective factors associated with individuals at risk
  • Recognize the warning signs for young people at risk
  • Know what to do when you identify someone who is in distress or suicidal

Your Trainers


Kelly Felton enjoys empowering community leaders, organizations, and communities to ensure that all individuals have what they need to thrive. She currently is a Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health. Previously, she provided community substance abuse prevention training and technical assistance under supervision from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She started in the prevention field in 2008 as the Coalition Coordinator for the Working Together Coalition in Minnesota. Her experience with community organizing and working within different systems has allowed her to understand how to influence community partners and systems to work together, making communities safer and healthier for all. Kelly helps community members understand their role in reducing risky behavior while promoting protective factors. When Kelly is not working she spends time with her husband John and their two children, Logan and Everly, in North Central Minnesota. They enjoy playing games, boating, camping, and spending time outside.


Jenilee Telander is the Health Systems Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health. She works with health and behavioral healthcare systems across the state, implementing the Zero Suicide framework, which coordinates a multilevel systematic approach to suicide care. Prior to joining the Minnesota Department of Health, Ms. Telander worked as the East Central Regional Prevention Coordinator providing technical assistance and applying a public health approach to substance abuse prevention coalitions and communities in Minnesota.

Ms. Telander has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Saint Benedict in political science and her Master of Professional Science in environmental studies and sustainability. In her free time, she enjoys being in nature with her husband and their young son. Ms. Telander also loves exploring coffee shops and finding a great latte.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: MENTAL HEALTH BASICS.

You'll build your understanding of prevalent mental health issues among youth today, learn how to connect youth with appropriate mental health resources, and practice good self-care strategies.

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This training will count as 1.5 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.