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Navigating Suicidal Conversations with Teens and Young Adults

During Mental Health Awareness Week (Oct 3-9), join Jewish Family Service and the Stroum JCC for a free workshop to help navigate conversations about suicide with teens and young adults. Learn how to identify warning signs, how to approach these conversations, and understand misconceptions and risk factors around suicide and depression. In this one-hour workshop — led by Shaida Hossein, Director of Mental Health Education for Jewish Family Service — attendees will have the opportunity to practice skills during a fictitious scenario and ask questions. Anyone 18 or older living in Washington state is eligible to attend.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children and young adults between the ages of 10-24 years old. Each day in the United States, more than 5,240 students in grades 7-12 attempt suicide, and rates of suicidal ideation (thinking about and planning suicide) and suicide attempts rose significantly among adolescents ages 11–21 in 2020, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. In fact, rates of both ideation and attempts were almost twice as high in the months of February through July 2020, in comparison to the same months in 2019. Research shows that teenagers are among the demographics most likely to experience elevated suicide risk during the pandemic.

This free workshop will be offered twice:
October 5, Noon–1:00 p.m.
October 6, 7-8:00 p.m.

To register for either session email Shaida Hossein at shossein@jfsseattle.org by October 4. Once your registration is confirmed, you’ll receive a link to the Zoom workshop.


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