Preventing Youth Suicide During the Pandemic with Jordan Posamentier
From school closures to social distancing, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has altered our everyday lives and highlighted the significance of not only implementing public health best practices like handwashing, but also taking care of our mental health. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, this episode of Grow Kinder features Committee for Children's Director of Policy and Advocacy, Jordan Posamentier. Posamentier talks with us about student mental wellness, youth suicide prevention, and how the pandemic has affected these issues. He walks us through recent data on youth suicide, how social-emotional learning can act as a protective factor, and what educators and policymakers are doing to support prevention. To learn more about how social-emotional learning can address and mitigate risk factors for youth suicide, visit https://www.cfchildren.org/policy-advocacy/sel-and-youth-suicide-prevention/. To support Posamentier’s and Committee for Children’s policy and advocacy work, visit https://www.cfchildren.org/policy-advocacy/. For help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free anytime by calling 800-273-8255 or texting "TALK" to 741741.