How to talk to teens about suicide.
In the first episode of a two part series on suicide, Chris and Karlie are joined by Dr. Becky Taylor to discuss risk factors and suicide prevention. More than one in every five teens has seriously considered suicide according to a 2023 CDC report.
Suicide is a problem, especially among teenagers, and as caring adults, we need to get used to having regular, open conversations around the topic. Join us as Dr. Taylor talks about how to support, confront and encourage teenagers who are thinking about suicide.
Death is final, it’s real, and it affects so many people.
In this episode, you’ll find out…
- Risk factors for teenage suicide.
- The significance of the plan and means of suicide.
- Why teenagers are high-risk for suicide.
- Some first steps to support a student who is thinking about suicide.
- How to confront a teenager you think is considering suicide.
- Am I afraid to confront a teenager about suicide?
- Who else is in that teenager’s life? Do they notice anything different?
Go ask a teen…
- Are you thinking about killing yourself?
- How are you doing? What are some things that I can do to help you?
In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:
- Music: Under the Chandeliers
Director of Communications
Dr. Becky Taylor
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Karlie Duke | Director of Communications
Karlie has always had a heart for teenagers. Through her role at Teen Life, she loves to showcase the amazing stories coming out of Support Groups, but she is especially passionate about helping adults and teenagers find connection. Karlie has a BS in Communications with a minor in Family Studies from Abilene Christian University.
Chris Robey | CEO
Chris has spent most of his career empowering teenagers from all backgrounds. As the leader of Teen Life, he is passionate about helping students make good choices while also giving adults the tools they need to communicate more effectively with teens. Chris is a graduate of Midwestern State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Family Life Education from Lubbock Christian University.
Dr. Becky Taylor | Special Guest
Becky Taylor, Ph.D., was appointed to the TCU College of Education faculty in 1998 to begin the school counseling program, and in 2009 she was appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an approved family mediator, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. Dr. Taylor’s research lies in the areas of risk and resiliency and its application through Solution Focused Therapy.