Teen Depression and Suicide
January 11, 2008 Honolulu, Hawai'i
MHA PRESENTS A "BROWN BAG" MENTAL HEALTH SEMINAR:
TEEN DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE IN HAWAI`I:
Why Does Hawai`i Have the Highest Rate in the Nation of Teenagers Planning & Attempting Suicide?
Friday January 11,2008 11:30am-1:30pm Central Union Church
1660 Beretania near Punahou, Honolulu; Parish Hall, right side of church campus in back; parking free on site. Bring bag lunch.
Free of Charge.
17% . . . of our youth report making a suicide plan in the last 12 months
19.8% . . . (that's ONE IN FIVE) report that they seriously considered attempting suicide
13% . . . report that they have attempted suicide
Ninth graders . . . report the highest risk of all
Native Hawaiian youth . . . compared to other ethnic groups, have the greatest risk.
- What can we -- as parents, teachers, school administrators, health care providers, mental health clinicians, neighbors, family members, and friends - do about this?
- How can we tell if a teenager is severely depressed? How should we talk to him or her? Who or what is available to help?
- Are some kids more likely than others to get severely depressed or harm themselves?
- Why aren't more of our kids getting the help they need?
- What are the most effective treatments? (Do antidepressant medications help or harm?)
- What does it feel like to be a parent of a depressed or suicidal child?
LISTEN TO AND DISCUSS WITH A PANEL OF EXPERTS:
- Cathy Bell, M.D.: Program Director for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program and Triple Board Residency Program in the Dept. of Psychiatry at the UH School of Medicine.
- Bob Bidwell, M.D.: Adolescent medicine specialist with UH School of medicine who works with a wide variety of at risk youth, providing medical care and counseling; father of a teenager who has had depression
- Jean Adair Leland, Ph.D.: Clinical Psychologist, Kapiolani Child Protection Center and Private Practice; Former Chief Psychologist, Queens Medical Center Dept. of Psychology
- Michael Rimm, M.D.: Clinical Director, Maui Family Guidance Center
For further information, call 808-521-1846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*According to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, comprised of youth self-reports, conducted biennially for the past 18 years by the Department Education, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Department of Health's Healthy Hawai`i Initiative.
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