ASK THE EXPERTS: HELPING OUR CHILDREN COPE WITH SUICIDE LOSS 

A 5-Part Conversation Series

 

Coping with suicide loss is hard enough for adults. Trying to help our children -- no matter how old they are -- adds complexity and worry. 

 

And so many questions.

 

  • How do I possibly explain suicide to my kids? Do I have to tell them the truth?

  • My teenager won’t talk about it and won’t go to therapy. What should I do?

  • Does suicide run in families? When should I worry?

 

Do you wish you could talk to someone who actually knew the answers? Join us for a series of interactive, open Q & A conversations with experts in preschoolers to young adults. Compassionate and knowledgeable, they’ll thoughtfully answer your most frequently asked questions. You can submit your questions in advance or ask them live and we’ll do our best to answer as many as we possibly can.

 

Who should attend? Parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, grandparents, foster parents, teachers, guidance counselors, pediatricians, clergy, funeral directors, and anyone else who wants to help a young person cope with suicide loss. Please note: these conversations are an opportunity for adults to speak freely, so they’re not appropriate for the children themselves, including teens or young adults. Information about our support groups for teens and twentysomethings is here.

 

The conversations will all be recorded, and the Zoom recording will be provided to all registrants, so please register even if the date/time don’t work for you – you’ll still have the same access to the Zoom recording and will still be able to submit your questions in advance. By attending live you give your consent to being recorded. 

 

Conversation #1 – Helping Preschool and Elementary School Children (ages 2-10).

When: Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 7-8:30 pm Eastern

Expert: Joan Schweizer Hoff, former Program Director of the Dougy National Center for Grieving Children and Families

 

Conversation #2 – Helping Preteens and Young Teens (ages 9-14) 

When: Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7-8:30 pm Eastern

Expert: Joan Schweizer Hoff, former Program Director of the Dougy National Center for Grieving Children and Families

 

Conversation #3 - Helping Teens (ages 13-19)

When: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 7-8:30 pm Eastern

Expert: Steven Karaiskos, PhD; Director of Well-Being at the Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, NY and facilitator of Coping After Suicide’s Teens Group

 

Conversation #4 - Helping College-bound and College Students (ages 17-22)

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 7-8:30 pm Eastern

Expert: Dr. Victor Schwartz, former Medical Director of The Jed Foundation

 

Conversation #5 - Helping Twentysomethings (ages 20-29)

When: Tuesday March 15, 2022, 7-8:30 pm Eastern

Expert: Steven Karaiskos, PhD; Director of Well-Being at the Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, NY and facilitator of Coping After Suicide’s Twentysomethings Group

 

Payment is due upon registration and is nonrefundable.

  • One conversation: $35

  • Any two conversations: $60

  • Any three conversations: $85

  • Any four conversations: $100

  • All five conversations: $110

This program is being offered collaboration with Rethink The Conversation.