THE JEFF YALDEN FOUNDATION, INC.
Your donation makes a difference. We are planning on creating an APP to give our youth a safe place to get help and guidance and we are also sending our posters to classrooms. Educational resources and suicide prevention training. We appreciate your help.
It's an honor when your local news invites you on the air to talk Teen Suicide and Mental Health during Suicide Prevention Month. Thank you ABC for your willingness to share with your audience and help silence the stigma.
The Jeff Yalden Foundation’s mission is to prevent suicide, improve community mental health, and shatter the stigma of mental health by initiating a positive movement to speak up and reach out.
Give Hope ; Inspire All.
Tell school communities about us. Most of our work is word of mouth. If you know a school community suffering from a tragedy or suicide and you know we can help. Please send our website (www.JeffYaldenFoundation.com) to the school administration, counselors, parents, or whomever handles bringing outside help in. Or, email us and we can reach out. (CONTACT US).
Help us make a difference!
One Person. One Community at a Time. Give Hope ; Inspire All.
All donations directly support the mission, programs, and initiatives of The Jeff Yalden Foundation, Inc.
Make a donation on this website, learn more about Jeff Yalden by visiting the Foundation page, subscribe to Jeff’s podcast, Mental Health & Motivation, browse his available online training courses, or learn more about him speaking in your school community.
The Jeff Yalden Foundation - Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
The Jeff Yalden Foundation, Inc. advocates for mental health awareness, teaches suicide prevention, and speaks to school communities. It is our mission to Give Hope to the hopeless and while doing that we understand not everyone is living with a mental illness, but we still Inspire All. It's always OK to ask for HELP.
We are a valuable resource for school communities, mental health professional organizations, colleges and universities, corporate wellness trainings, and legal mental health and suicide platforms as a consultant on mental health and suicide.
Jeff delivered the acclaimed TEDx Talk - Teen Suicide: The "WHY" Behind America's Teen Suicide Epidemic
Training School Staff & Student Leaders
Developed by Jeff Yalden this training is a Gatekeeper Training Program for teachers, staff, and students. The experientially based training is designed to enhance knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning teen and youth suicide.
Specifically, this training aims to increase knowledge about suicide statistics, risk and protective factors, warning signs, and referral resources; to increase empathic listening skills, communication skills, and the ability to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide; and to increase self-awareness concerning the potential emotional reactions gatekeepers may experience when interacting with students in crisis.
This Training by Jeff Yalden is highly interactive, with gatekeepers participating in multiple exercises throughout the training to increase both their skills and awareness concerning the emotional intensity of responding to suicidal students.
The two-and half hour training culminates with a role play, in which gatekeepers are given the opportunity to practice the skills they are taught during the course of the training.
Training in School Communities
Check out our POPULAR FULL DAY PROGRAM in School Communities - 15 Hours of non-stop work. (CLICK HERE).
Changing the school climate and school culture is a lot easier than you think.
As many states are making suicide prevention training mandatory it’s not enough. We have a responsibility to do more and to bring this issue of Mental Health to the forefront and Jeff helps you do just that.
First, Jeff comes in and speaks about Suicide Prevention and Teen Mental Health. Then, Jeff will train your school staff to be “Trusted Adults.” Not every teacher or staff members wants this responsibility, but those that want to be “Trusted Adults” will go through an extra hour of training and will receive a sticker and a poster for their classroom door entering the classroom and a poster for their classroom. They will also be given a green bandana representing who they are as well.
The same bandana the teachers or staff will have are also the same bandanas the students leaders who go through the training will receive representing they’re “Trusted Friends.”
Before any of the Training, Jeff likes to do a school assembly for all staff and students. This builds the respect and trust and sets the tone for Jeff being on campus.
Understand, not all our students are dealing with mental illness. Therefore, Jeff carefully makes this clear and delivers a message, “About Life” rather than just a message about Mental Health.