Community Education and Prevention Services

The goal of community education and prevention services is to provide awareness, education, and prevention within the community. Our presentations not only spread our name and hotline number, but also educate the community on important teen issues.  This program involves diverse teaching methods that focus on increasing awareness and understanding of the problem behaviors, on acquiring or enhancing coping skills, and increasing help seeking behavior.

Our outreach programs adhere to best practice standards in suicide prevention. Conducted primarily in schools, education is provided on an array of teen issues such as teen suicide, depression, bullying prevention, grief and loss, stress/anxiety, coping skills and eating disorder/body image.  Information regarding this free service is mailed statewide to all mainstream and alternative middle and high schools twice a year.  These presentations can be geared to both youth and adults.

If you are interested in having Teen Lifeline present at your school or youth organization, please contact Fernanda Barragan, Crisis Services Associate, at 602-248-8337 or fernanda@teenlifeline.org.

Following are descriptions of Teen Lifeline program presentations:

Teen Suicide and Depression Prevention
Provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the myths, motivations, risk factors, warning signs, and resources needed to understand and prevent teenage suicide.  This discussion includes brainstorming various resources and people who they can talk to as well as what to say to a friend contemplating suicide.  The last part of the presentation is spent discussing what someone can do if they have a friend that is exhibiting warning signs or states they are thinking about suicide.  This presentation is given only to high school and middle school-aged youth and older.  The goal is to increase knowledge about how to prevent suicide, provide opportunities to practice skill building, increase help seeking behavior and identifying support systems.

Stress and Coping Skills
Helps students identify various forms of stress and how stress can affect their daily lives.  Throughout this presentation, students will discuss how stress can be positive and negative, including causes, and what determines a person’s ability to manage stress.  Each student completes a stress assessment and an examination of “my personal stress symptoms”.  In addition, students explore constructive coping skills and brainstorm what skills to use in various situations.  This presentation may be given to audiences as young as fifth grade.  The goal of this presentation is to increase knowledge about stress and coping, provide opportunities to practice skill building, increase help seeking behavior and identify support systems.

Grief and Loss
This presentation covers types of loss, the grieving cycle, symptoms of grief, the importance of talking about thoughts and feelings, and an examination of constructive and destructive coping skills.  In addition, students examine what to say to someone that is grieving and how best to help.  Resources are given and students brainstorm various people to whom they can speak.  This presentation is given only to high school and middle school-aged youth and older.  The goal of this presentation is to increase knowledge about grieving, provide opportunities to practice skill building, increase help seeking behavior and identifying support systems.

Bullies and Victims
Explores types of bullying behaviors and understands why one bullies.  In addition, students will learn techniques on how to help someone who is being bullied, what one can do if they are the bully, and identifying constructive responses to deal with a bully.  This presentation focuses on building empathy, assertiveness, and proper boundaries.  This presentation may be given to audiences as young as fifth grade.
The goal of this presentation is to increase knowledge about bullies, victims, bully/victims and bystanders, provide opportunities to practice skill building, increase help seeking behavior and identifying support systems.

Postvention and eLearning Course
This training is designed to help teachers and educators promote a culture that restores hope, encourages distressed people to seek help, and builds resilience and connectedness among a community after a tragedy.

Critical Incident Stress Management (Post-Crisis Intervention)
Teen Lifeline offers post-crisis debriefings for communities that have been affected by tragedy. Traumatic events can cause severe psychological stress for all those affected, especially youth.  When a crisis occurs, Teen Lifeline can conduct this crisis intervention by helping them understand what has happened, connect them with resources and teach healthy coping skills if they are having trouble dealing with the trauma.  Addressing the event in this way helps stabilize the community and gives them a sense of understanding.  This approach allows the opportunity to talk about what has happened, lean on each other for support and learn ways to cope individually.

Training for Youth Workers
Community-based training is offered by Teen Lifeline.  These trainings are to help people who work with at-risk youth become more willing, ready and able to help persons at risk.  They are designed to help caregiver’s exposure and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (FEE-FOR-SERVICE)
This two-day training prepares participants to identify and respond effectively to persons considering suicide.  Participants often include counselors, teachers and ministers; workers in health, welfare and justice fields; emergency service workers; and natural helpers and advisors.  Research has shown that the ASIST model increases participants’ knowledge and confidence in responding to a person at risk of suicide and that intervention skills are retained over time.

SafeTALK (FEE-FOR-SERVICE)
This three-hour training program prepares “helpers” to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.  By the end of the training, participants will be better able to identify people who have thoughts of suicide and connect a person with thoughts of suicide to a suicide first aid intervention caregiver.  Participants include anyone who might want help; minimum age 15 years.

Other Online/Free Gatekeepers Training:
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