Family Webinar Series
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Signs of Suicide Program Overview
This webinar gives an overview of the suicide awareness and prevention program Park Hill uses to teach students how to recognize signs and symptoms in themselves and others to reduce the risk of suicide. Signs of Suicide (SOS) is a universal screening program that includes a student training on what to look for in themselves and in their peers, as well as an opportunity for them to request to speak to a counselor or social worker about themselves or others. Taylor Cline, Youth Suicide Prevention Specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services, shared information about suicide and the Signs of Suicide program.
Oct. 25: Attending to Adult Grief and Loss to Better Support Children
Adults are often expected to have all the answers. And while we are often better equipped to find them than children and youth, managing our own strong emotions after the loss of a loved one, the departure of a close friend who moved away, or the loss of a beloved professional opportunity, can be very challenging. How adults manage their own grief and loss is so important both for our own mental health and resilience, but also for that of children in our lives for whom we are role models and caretakers. Join Jamie Wehmeyer, Coordinator of Kansas City Northland Strong and Co-Founder and Executive Director of MJM Consulting, as she shares her own story about navigating the grief after losing her son and insights into how to healthfully manage one’s own grief and loss to build resilience in themselves and in their children.
Nov. 29: Mental Wellness is a Muscle
We all have mental health, like we all have physical health – and just like there are things we can do to improve our physical health, there are things we can do to improve our mental health. When we think of mental wellness as a “muscle” we can “workout,” we open the door to a world of possibilities for becoming a healthier and happier you! Participants will learn about the importance of mental health and mental wellness, and the valuable tools we can use to exercise for positive mental well-being.
December 6: Supporting Children Through Grief and Loss
There are few things tougher than seeing your child struggle emotionally and doing so while you may share that grief as you both navigate the loss of a loved one is even tougher. Join Becky Franklin, Behavioral Health Therapist and Educator with Tri-County Mental Health Services, as she shares information about how to healthfully support children and youth through the grieving process while also managing your own as an adult caretaker.
January 24: Dangers of Fentanyl
There has been a significant rise in national opioid deaths related to fentanyl-laced pills, including a number of tragic deaths among youth in the Northland. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Just traces of the drug fentanyl can be fatal. Drugs dealers are mixing fentanyl into counterfeit pills, such as oxycodone, Adderall and Xanax and it is impossible to tell which are fake. These pills are being sold on the black market and there is no regulation of any kind.
Join us for this webinar as the program director of the Park Hill Community Alliance for Youth (CAFY), Ashley Halter, talks about this dangerous trend. Another featured guest at this webinar is Amy Owens, whose daughter lost a close friend who died after unknowingly taking a fentanyl-laced pill she thought would help her sleep. Annika will also be giving a pre-recorded account of her horrific experience of finding her friend dead, a sweet girl whose full life was ended way too soon.
February 21: Brain Explained: Understanding What Promotes and Protects Young Minds
We don’t need to become neuroscientists to parent or raise children, but a basic understanding of what’s going on in your child’s brain can be incredibly helpful.
In this workshop, Laura Bruce, program development specialist at Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc., will use pictures, analogies, and simple models to teach us information about what’s going on in your child’s brain as they develop. You’ll leave with new skills, knowledge and language to help you promote and protect your child today and in the future.
More about our presenter: Laura Bruce is an expert in prevention and has spent the past 13 years working in coalitions to reduce youth substance use, promote mental health, and build resilience in youth. Laura is passionate about protecting the health and safety of the next generation and is excited to bring this message about how we can use what we know about the teenage brain to help promote and protect your child today and in the future.
March 29: Prepped and Ready: Parenting into the Teen Years and Learn Practical Strategies for Parenting Teenagers
Developed by Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Shayla Sullivant, Prepped and Ready is a presentation to help equip parents for the transition into parenting teenagers. The transition is a time of tremendous change for teens and it can be overwhelming as a parent to know how to help. Prepped and Ready aims to help parents learn what steps they can take before a crisis develops. The presentation was held in person.
April 9: Marijuana is Legal in Missouri, Now What?
Amendment 3 passed in Missouri in November 2022 making marijuana use legal for adults. Are you wondering about the implications for your family and others? Learn what the amendment changed and what stays the same. Explore some strategies for youth use prevention.
Our presenter is Jennifer Rhoad, the drug-free communities program director of Smithville Community in Action, a youth prevention coalition. She also facilitates a Missouri-wide coalition for youth marijuana prevention called Keeping Missouri Kids Safe.