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3.1 million youth (ages 12 - 17) deal with depressive symptoms

Nationally, suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death for children ages 10 -19 years old. 

Youth & Youth Leaders


Changing the Lens: Zooming in to Make a Difference

QPR Certified Instructor, Kathy James addresses the pressing issues of depression and suicide, shedding light on their prevalence among teen students. Join us as Kathy takes you on a journey through her personal challenges with depression and suicidal thoughts, emphasizing the urgent need for empathy, awareness, and action in the face of these challenges. Prepare to delve into a crucial conversation that confronts the stark realities of depression and suicide within the college community. Drawing from her own life, Kathy invites you to explore these critical issues through a widened lens infused with empathy and hope.

Equip yourself with the awareness and tools to make a difference. Together, we can create a more empathetic and supportive classroom environment, reducing the prevalence of depression and saving lives from suicide.

Empathetic support is the transformative tool that propels students toward success. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to recognize when a peer may be silently battling depression.

  • Understand the factors that contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

  • Discover how to approach the sensitive topic of depression and suicide with compassion and support.

  • Learn practical ways to take action, equipping yourself with the knowledge to intervene and support a struggling peer.

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Join Kathy in challenging societal perspectives. Widen your lens for supportive intervention and
rewrite the narrative of your journey.  


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Eddie Johnson - Career Coach

“Many people (teens and adults) will be changed due to your courage and bravery. Thank You, Kathy!"
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