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Pre-prevention Tools to Improve Suicide Prevention

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  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  • 2 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $40 for non-YIPA members
  • 99% approval rating
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.

Learners' Own Words

"Brittani was genuine, informative, and provided very helpful information."

"This will not only help me in my work with youth, but also with my own youth as a parent."

"Brittani's heartfelt presentation did an outstanding job of providing the necessary tools to engage with youth about this topic. I will definitely be implementing a safety plan into my work."

Your Training Description

Suicide has become the second-leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24 in the United States. It’s an alarming rise, despite suicide prevention resources and awareness. Those methods we’ve been using for decades aren’t up to par to battle the current social climate. Young people are experiencing adverse mental health effects of stressors like the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, school shootings, high unemployment, economic pressures, and social media bullying which may contribute to increased risk. And because clinical suicidal ideation can look very similar to typical teenage behavior, we may be missing warning signs.

Your role as a youth worker provides a powerful safety net for young people. You can help young people gain skills and tools to strengthen their resilience through emotional regulation, distress tolerance, anger management, emotional validation, and impulsivity control. These types of pre-prevention tools will help curb suicide ideation or attempts before they even arise.

In this training, you’ll learn how pre-prevention tools equip young people to deal with stressors better in the moment, and heal along the way. You’ll gain skills to recognize early warning signs. You’ll learn how to help youth build skills for coping in healthy and positive ways prior to feeling suicidal or depressed. It will become easier for you to talk with young people about suicide when you have the tools to help them develop the skills to manage the stresses that threaten their mental health and well-being.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Learn about current suicide prevention efforts and their limitations in supporting youth mental health
  • Develop an understanding of pre-prevention and why it matters
  • Be able to implement tools to teach emotional regulation to young people

Your Trainer

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Brittani Joy Senser, MSW, LGSW, DBT facilitator
Mental health therapist at Kristen Lund Psychotherapy

On February 6, 2019, Brittani lost her only child, 13-year-old Aria Joy, to suicide. At that moment, it became clear to Brittani that for Aria, and for thousands of other youth in the United States, suicide prevention is not good enough.

Since that day, Brittani has focused her energy and career on creating steps to take before a child or teen ever reaches the point of suicidal ideation. She has created a model to teach kids how to emotionally regulate from when they are young through their high school years.

Brittani is the founder of DOYOUCARENOW.life. She is the Community Youth Director for Shout Out Loud. She has been a panelist for Suicide Survivor’s Day for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, and is the community liaison for the Minnesota Department of Health’s Zero Suicide Initiative.

Your Competency Focus Area

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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.

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.

Your Training Details

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  • 2 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $40 for non-YIPA members
  • 99% approval rating
  • Not a member? Annual membership is $99 for individuals or $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.
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