You Are Not Alone
Length of training can vary from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours; participants are students; facilitators are youth ages 15-24
The desired outcomes for this training are:
- Increased understanding about why LGBTQ youth are at greater risk for suicide and self-harm
- Increased knowledge about how students can increase support for LGBTQ youth in our communities and schools
- Increased knowledge around coping skills and how to best manage stress in their lives
- Recognize warning signs for depression and suicidal ideation amongst their peers
- Know the "3-step" Show You Care model for intervening with a friend/classmate who may be suicidal
- Build up their list of resources for LGBTQ youth
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This DVD will be used to supplement the LGBTQ youth presentation (both adult and peer to peer) and is available on our website (see below) and on YouTube.
Why do we need training on suicide prevention with LGBTQ youth?
An increased number of risk factors and typically fewer protective factors place our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth at higher risk for suicide and self-harm. It is important that all providers better understand the complex issues that many of these youth experience, such as depression, stigma, and homelessness, which contribute significantly to their risk factors of suicide.
What to expect from a workshop on suicide prevention with LGBTQ youth?
This workshop is facilitated by youth ages 16-23 and prepares their peers to better understand the reasons why LGBTQ youth are at an increased risk for suicide and self harm and how to increase protective factors against suicide and self harm within their own lives and those lives of their friends and peers. It discusses coping skills and how to best manage stress in their lives in order to reduce the risk for suicidal ideation and self harm. Then, the focus turns to early intervention and how a youth can best help a friend if they think their friend may be depressed, thinking of suicide, and/or self harming.