E8 How to Talk About Teen Suicide with Megan Sladen Parent

Episode Description
*Warning: This episode is about a very heavy topic. If you or a loved one is struggling with thoughts of suicide or emotional distress, please contact the National Suicide Hotline (1-800-273-8255) and seek professional help. You are worth it!*

Suicide is a heavy topic, especially among parents, but it’s one our society does not address nearly enough. With the rise in depression and anxiety among teens, the suicide rates have sadly gone up as well. Today we are joined on the podcast by Megan Sladen Parent, as we chat about how to spot warning signs in your teens, how to talk about suicide with them, and so much more.

About Megan: “Megan Sladen Parent began her education career in the late 90’s as a high school teacher. She spent 14 years as a classroom teacher and English Language Learner program coordinator. After earning a Master’s degree in school counseling, she began working in the Youth Development Office of a large Northern CA school district. She works with 6th-12th grade students who are using drugs, alcohol and tobacco as well as teaches workshops on mental health, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, substance use and other educational and social/emotional topics for students, staff and families.”

**National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Key Topics Covered in This Episode:

  • Megan’s background and what she does
  • Warning signs to look out for in teens
  • The positive and negative sides of technology in young people
  • Resources for parents and students
  • Debunking the myth of talking to young people about suicide and how important it is to talk about it with them
  • How to talk to young people about the topic of suicide

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