13 Reasons Why Not: Turning the Tide of Teen Suicide Through Positive Mental Health

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 1-5 pm 

Aaron Family JCC, 7800 Northaven Rd

In partnership with Jewish Family Service, the Center for Jewish Education will provide a proactive opportunity for students 9th grade and up, parents, teachers, educators and community leaders to gain knowledge and skills in order to prevent anyone from suffering the tragedy of teen suicide. 

 

Registration begins at 12:30 pm and the program begins promptly at 1 pm.

 

Attendance is complimentary but registration is requested. This program is for students 9th grade and up, parents, educators and community leaders. All sessions will be staffed by Jewish Family Service clinicians.

Program Details


Opening Session

1-2:10 pm

For all Participants

  • Kicking My Blue Genes to the Curb – Josh Rivedal

    Kicking My Blue Genes to the Curb is a two-part keynote from mental health innovator, Joshua Rivedal. Part 1 is a 15 character, seven song one-man Broadway-style play that ends with Josh’s father's tragic suicide—a comedic yet poignant true story, a primal piece of live-storytelling that creates an emotional connection between attendees and the powerful message that suicide is preventable. Part 2 is Q&A period between Josh and the audience...

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    Kicking My Blue Genes to the Curb is a two-part keynote from mental health innovator, Joshua Rivedal. Part 1 is a 15 character, seven song one-man Broadway-style play that ends with Josh’s father's tragic suicide—a comedic yet poignant true story, a primal piece of live-storytelling that creates an emotional connection between attendees and the powerful message that suicide is preventable. Part 2 is Q&A period between Josh and the audience...

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Break Out Sessions

2:20-3:20 pm   

For High School and College students

  • How to Make Lemons into Lemonade: A Workshop on Wellness - Josh Rivedal

    In this session, entrepreneur and innovator in mental health, Joshua Rivedal, will share some of his personal story on past perils and pitfalls regarding his own mental health and wellness, hitting rock bottom, and how developing coping skills saved his life. He will discuss developing healthy coping skills, eliminating unhealthy coping skills, preparing for (major) change, and avoiding burnout...

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    In this session, entrepreneur and innovator in mental health, Joshua Rivedal, will share some of his personal story on past perils and pitfalls regarding his own mental health and wellness, hitting rock bottom, and how developing coping skills saved his life. He will discuss developing healthy coping skills, eliminating unhealthy coping skills, preparing for (major) change, and avoiding burnout...

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For Parents, Educators and Community Leaders

  • 13 Reasons Why Not, Keeping Families Safe - Chaim Nissel, PsyD

    This presentation will help participants better understand suicide and the risk factors which lead to suicidal thinking. Participants will learn to recognize verbal and behavioral clues of suicide and learn how to respond to suicidal statements. We will also explore common myths of suicide and discuss strategies to prevent suicide attempts and completions...

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    This presentation will help participants better understand suicide and the risk factors which lead to suicidal thinking. Participants will learn to recognize verbal and behavioral clues of suicide and learn how to respond to suicidal statements. We will also explore common myths of suicide and discuss strategies to prevent suicide attempts and completions...

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3:30-4:30 pm 

For High School and College students

  • How to Live Mentally Well & Crush it in High School/College - Josh Rivedal

    In this program are eight core principles on how to live mentally well in high school or college… and crush it while you’re there. Objectives include developing empathy, self-compassion, healthy habits, how to unstick when you’re stuck, reframing failure, entering the job market and more. This interactive session—based on the 8 chapter, 30-page book How to Live Mentally Well and Crush it in College—isn’t delivered by a guru, ninja…

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    In this program are eight core principles on how to live mentally well in high school or college… and crush it while you’re there. Objectives include developing empathy, self-compassion, healthy habits, how to unstick when you’re stuck, reframing failure, entering the job market and more. This interactive session—based on the 8 chapter, 30-page book How to Live Mentally Well and Crush it in College—isn’t delivered by a guru, ninja…

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For Parents, Educators and Community Leaders

  • You're Human: How Life’s Traumas Impact Families - Ariela Goldstein, LCSW

    This session will explore the relationship between chronic traumatic experiences and suicide. Understanding what constitutes a traumatic experience and how this impacts a person is paramount to understanding this connection. Attendees will learn what trauma really means and how suicide impacts the family, leading to desperation and suicide. We will explore methods that can restore hope and positive mental health to all family members...

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    This session will explore the relationship between chronic traumatic experiences and suicide. Understanding what constitutes a traumatic experience and how this impacts a person is paramount to understanding this connection. Attendees will learn what trauma really means and how suicide impacts the family, leading to desperation and suicide. We will explore methods that can restore hope and positive mental health to all family members...

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  • Lost In Translation: Communicating With Your Child - Janet Henson, LPC LCDC

    As adults, we hope that teenagers will feel comfortable talking to us about anything; especially those things that are serious. Adults often feel that approaching difficult conversations such as suicide with teenagers is intimidating, fearing that they will say the wrong thing and add to the problem. This session discusses how to foster communication with teenagers in general; learning to talk so they will listen, and learning to listen so they will talk...

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    As adults, we hope that teenagers will feel comfortable talking to us about anything; especially those things that are serious. Adults often feel that approaching difficult conversations such as suicide with teenagers is intimidating, fearing that they will say the wrong thing and add to the problem. This session discusses how to foster communication with teenagers in general; learning to talk so they will listen, and learning to listen so they will talk...

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  • Mean Girls (and Boys): Bullying's Impact on Suicide - Mike Ligocki, PhD

    Bullying is associated with depression and anxiety, poor school performance, delinquency, and all too often, reported as a primary issue for youth who have attempted or committed suicide. The harmful effects of bullying go beyond the victim, impacting the children that bully, the bystanders, and the larger social context in which it occurs. This presentation will share the definition, causes, and consequences of bullying...

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    Bullying is associated with depression and anxiety, poor school performance, delinquency, and all too often, reported as a primary issue for youth who have attempted or committed suicide. The harmful effects of bullying go beyond the victim, impacting the children that bully, the bystanders, and the larger social context in which it occurs. This presentation will share the definition, causes, and consequences of bullying...

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  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People - Yolanda Swope, MS, LPC-S

    There are many factors that contribute to teen suicide. This session will explore how “things go wrong” in a teenager’s life. Topics addressed will include how teens cope with feelings such as hopelessness, guilt, shame and past trauma. We will also evaluate the impact of drugs and alcohol, family history of suicide and mental illness and how this can contribute to teen suicide...

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    There are many factors that contribute to teen suicide. This session will explore how “things go wrong” in a teenager’s life. Topics addressed will include how teens cope with feelings such as hopelessness, guilt, shame and past trauma. We will also evaluate the impact of drugs and alcohol, family history of suicide and mental illness and how this can contribute to teen suicide...

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Closing Session 

4:30-5 pm 

For all Participants 

  • Saving One Life- Saving the Whole World - Chaim Nissel, PsyD

    This brief wrap-up session will help further reduce stigma associated with suicide and mental illness. We will review the importance of social and familial support with the goal of creating better support networks for those in need. Community support helps keep community members healthier and safer...

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    This brief wrap-up session will help further reduce stigma associated with suicide and mental illness. We will review the importance of social and familial support with the goal of creating better support networks for those in need. Community support helps keep community members healthier and safer...

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This program is provided by: 

 

Sponsors

Dallas Jewish Women International, David and Lorraine Hoppenstein Charitable Fund of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, Helen and Frank Risch, Schultz Family Foundation

 

Community Partners