From My Experience: Youth Discuss Living Through a Mental Health Crisis

The teen years can be challenging. When pressures from school, peers, work, family, and society build, it can be hard to know how to let off steam. Bingeing Netflix and sleeping through tough days might feel helpful at the moment, but that doesn’t address the underlying stressors. Too often, teens feel alone, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and without hope. Sometimes this can lead to a mental health crisis situation. What happens then?

Our young adult panelists want teens to know they are not alone and adults to know they have an important role to play in a crisis situation. Hear first-hand their experiences with mental health challenges and learn about available crisis resources. After the panel discussion, participants who join live on Zoom* will have the opportunity to connect with other teens and caring adults in breakout rooms.

*Space is limited to join the Zoom breakout room session. The educational portion of the program will stream live on Facebook and be available as a recording.

This program is intended for caregivers, family members, teens, young adults, and caring adults interested in learning about teen mental health and responding to crisis situations.

Preventing Suicides: Supporting the Teens in Your Life

If you talk about suicide, will your teen be more likely to attempt to take their life? Research shows that talking about suicide actually reduces the likelihood that the person will make an attempt.

With suicide as the third-leading cause of death among youth age 15 to 24, suicide prevention is a topic that parents and guardians of teens can’t ignore. Although it may feel overwhelming, when you have knowledge and resources, you can play an essential role in preventing teen suicides.

Dr. Kiara Alvarez will share how parents and caring adults can identify warning signs of mental health crisis and suicide, communicate with teens about suicide prevention, and encourage teens to seek help.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, seek immediate help. Call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988. Find more resources for getting help here.

This program is intended for parents, caregivers, family members, youth workers, and caring adults interested in learning about teen mental health, how to respond to a crisis, and suicide prevention.

WISe Virtual Symposium

The WISe Virtual Symposium will feature a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, poster sessions, updates about WISe across the state, and opportunities for WISe Practitioners and partners to connect with each other.
This is a two-day event taking place on:
August 16th from 9:00a-12:00p
and
August 17th from 9:00a-12:00p
Admission is free for this event. Please follow the prompts below to register.
We look forward to seeing you in August! 🎉
If you need assistance, please contact admin@enroutecoaching.com

Re-Imagining Behavioral Health: Race, Equity and Social Justice

Exploring the intersectionality of Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health, and Social Justice

The 2-half day virtual conference is designed to empower individuals and teams who want to advance health equity and support diversity and inclusion in behavioral health care.

The conference is an opportunity to connect with others and join in a meaningful conversation about healing racial trauma, dismantling racism, combating systemic racism and social injustices through the lens of mental health and substance use issues.

Here are a few highlights for this year’s plenary discussions:

  • Navigating Mental Health: In Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Communities
  • People with Lived Experience: A Youth Perspective on Behavioral Health
  • Behavioral Health Workforce: Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Culturally Specific Leaders and Staff

 

Dates: September 29, 12 – 5 pm & September 30, 8 am – 1pm

Place: Virtual (Registration link below)

Cost: The conference is free to attend.

*CEU’s will be available for behavioral health care professionals

Infant and Toddler Family Workshop

Learn About the Preschool Transition and Prepare for What Comes Next

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
The Transition timeline and next steps
How to create a one-page student introduction for your child’s new preschool teacher
How to create a “community map” to identify supports and services for your child and family.
Inform WEE CARE legislative priorities

To register, email weecarecoalition@gmail.com with the date you will participate. The Zoom meeting link will be provided in a follow-up email. Space is each session is limited.

Infant and Toddler Family Workshop

Learn About the Preschool Transition and Prepare for What Comes Next

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
The Transition timeline and next steps
How to create a one-page student introduction for your child’s new preschool teacher
How to create a “community map” to identify supports and services for your child and family.
Inform WEE CARE legislative priorities

To register, email weecarecoalition@gmail.com with the date you will participate. The Zoom meeting link will be provided in a follow-up email. Space is each session is limited.

Disabled BIPOC: Disrupting Danger in Crisis Response

For Black people, people of color, and particularly those with disabilities, an encounter with law enforcement while in crisis can lead to traumatizing and even fatal outcomes. The introduction of 988, the new national crisis hotline, has created momentum for advocates to push the tide towards a mental health, peer support, and community de-escalation model for crisis response.

Age of Consent – What Does It Mean for Families?

Learn about the age of consent law and how we as parents and caregivers can have conversations with our youth that can build trust, acknowledge the power within this law, and give space for our youth to share their own thoughts around their treatment plan.

Filling Your Toolbox – Tools for Strong Boundaries, Empowerment, and Families

This training introduces participants to a number of concepts to support their families wherever they are in their journey. Concepts will include tools for creating boundaries, empowering rather than enabling your loved ones, combating shame and acknowledging pain, making action plans, and more! This engaging training will send you off with some new ways to use tools you may already have and introduce you to some new ones along the way.

Understanding the System of Care

Join us online for a customized, interactive training adapted from a training created by En Route for WA State Health Care Authority.

The System of Care is the philosophy the WA State Children’s Behavioral Health Community foundation is built upon. Understanding its history, model, and values is essential to ensuring our families’ treatment plans follow this model of service.

For more information, contact: karenkelly@wsccsupport.org