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18 Suicides in 18 Months: Jeff Yalden Shakes Things Up in Alaska

Kotzebue, Alaska is 33 miles north of the Arctic Circle on Alaska's western coast. With a population of just over 3000 people, the community has been rocked by 18 suicides in 18 months. Last month, mental health speaker and author Jeff Yalden was hired as a consultant and to shake things up. Here’s what happened…

#FlockTogether2019 with Glendale High School

#FlockTogether2019 with Glendale High School

Top Teen Mental Health Speaker and High School Motivational Speaker spent the day with Glendale High School students and staff of Springfield, Missouri talking Teen Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, and It’s Okay to Ask for Help. Glendale High School did a survey recently in which they discovered 7% of their students were suicidal and had a plan. They quickly went proactive and wanted to reach out and let the students know they care about them and there is help. They put on an amazing event around teen mental health.

Mental Health Speaker: USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Mental Health Speaker: USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

USC Verdugo Hills held their 3rd Annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention Conference on September 8, 2018 with renowned mental health motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden. The conference theme was Communities Fight Stigma Together: Having Courageous Conversations about Preventing Suicide.

Suicide Prevention Month: Live with ABC News

Suicide Prevention Month: Live with ABC News

Mental Health Motivational Speaker and Suicide Prevention Expert, Jeff Yalden was LIVE on ABC15 Good Morning Carolina’s today with Crystal Costa talking mental health and suicide prevention while promoting the Myrtle Beach 5K Speak Up ; Reach Out - It’s OK to ask for Help event on December 8, 2018.

Teen Suicide: A Parent's Responsibility

Teen Suicide: A Parent's Responsibility

Teen Suicide: A Parent’s Responsibility

Could it have been that the parent’s were called and notified about the well-being of their daughter, but they weren’t receptive or present to receiving the phone call? Perhaps, sometimes we don’t hear what we need to hear because we don’t know what to do or aren’t capable of what to do. Maybe, we think our child is going through a phase and that shortly our child will snap out of the funk. Then, it happens and the finality of teen suicide hits, yet, we can’t go back.

Interested in Becoming a Youth Motivational Speaker

Interested in Becoming a Youth Motivational Speaker

Do you want to be a paid youth motivational speaker? Get paid to speak in schools all over the country. Online course teaches you everything you need to know. No college degree required. No experience necessary. Learn today from Jeff Yalden who has 26 years experience speaking in school assemblies all over the country.

Postivity in Coastal Virginia with Teen Mental Health Speaker Jeff Yalden

On April 19, youth motivational speaker and Amazon bestselling author Jeff Yalden visited Mathews, Virginia – a community in the Chesapeake Bay region of the state.

Yalden was invited by the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office to speak to high school and middle school students about life choices, mental health, behavior, and attitude. He also presented to more than 100 parents and community members that night.

Investigator April Edwards from the Sheriff’s Office organized Yalden’s visit. It’s fitting that after some due diligence about Yalden himself, she knew that he would be the ideal candidate to instill a sense of purpose, hope and direction to kids who might otherwise be tempted to go down the rabbit hole of risky behaviors and compromise their self-respect.

“Jeff Yalden came and took our schools by storm,” said Edwards. “He captured the attention of our students as well as the attention of faculty, administration, law enforcement, parents and many other vested adults from our community.”

She added that the kids developed trust in Yalden within two hours and then poured their hearts out to him.

“Jeff has a gift, and he has helped many of our children through a very difficult time in their young lives,” she said. “Many of these kids will never forget the day that a motivational speaker captured their attention, their hearts and their minds.”

Yalden was grateful to Edwards for going to bat for him.

“Thank you for organizing and fighting to make it happen. We made a difference today,” he said.

In his more than 25 years working with young people and school communities, he said he has met many awesome teachers, administrators, coaches and counselors, but he cited then-interim and now permanent Mathews High School principal Alexis Foster as one of a kind.

“Today’s teens are growing up differently and need trusted adult who can find the perfect balance of understanding, discipline and encouragement, while providing inspiration and hope – an individual who shows beyond any doubt that they truly care about the students that walk through their doors,” Yalden said.

“Mr. Foster is the embodiment of empathy and compassion, yet he held the kids accountable in a way that they felt empowered and hopeful – that their needs were being met and that they had solid futures to look forward to.”

Foster himself was more than pleased with the result of Edwards’ work to bring Yalden in for the day.

“As a school administrator, it’s very difficult to always find the time to say the right things or to do things to motivate your kids – but if you have the time and really care about kids, you need to invite Jeff Yalden to your school,” he said. “Just spending the day with him today, I saw lives changed, kids’ attitudes changed – and parents are now thinking about things that maybe they never thought about before.”

What Yalden most wanted to instill in the young people in attendance was the fact that the world owes them nothing.

“You get out of it what you put into it,” he said.

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