Join us in Myrtle Beach for our First Annual Speak Up ; Reach Out 5K
Jeff Yalden is a resident of the Myrtle Beach community and a professional teen mental health and suicide prevention consultant in school communities all over the country.
After the community reached out to Jeff last year, Jeff decided he needed to do more in his community.
The Jeff Yalden Foundation, Inc.'s Speak Up ; Reach Out Campaign is about bringing awareness, mental wellness, educational training, and educational resources to our local schools and community.
We are looking for our school staff personnel: administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, teens, parents, and community leaders to help us.
We are all responsible and play a big role in educating our teens and parents. The more we are talking the more we are supporting one another and silencing the stigma.
Join the movement and make a difference. Every person matters and you are helping us save lives. It's OK to Speak Up ; Reach Out.
Suicide Prevention Training for Schools, Communities, and our Armed Forces
Watch this video to learn about Jeff’s unique message:
Suicide Prevention Training Expert Jeff Yalden
Nobody has more experience with teen suicides than Jeff Yalden. Schools and communities throughout North America continue to look to Jeff Yalden to restore hope, answer questions, and give teens permission to grieve through the process of losing a friend and a classmate. Jeff’s youth suicide prevention program has helped over 1000 different schools and brought hope to many of teens and families. Jeff doesn’t use any religious tone or spirituality in his message and time in your community. He opens his heart and says what needs to be said, but the administration can’t say. Being sensitive, but at the same time Jeff walks the hearts of his audience from pain and frustration to grieving and acceptance. He is known to spend hours upon hours in friends and families kitchens helping teens and families understand Teen Suicide today. These days it is simply common sense to have suicide prevention in schools.
Suicide Prevention Programs In Schools – critical
Not all suicide prevention programs are created equal. Jeff is one of the most in demand teen/youth mental health motivational speakers in the world. For 26 years he’s delivered his message, “About Life” in over 4,000 high schools and middle schools. He’s spoken at literally hundreds of state leadership conferences for students and staff members. He’s a favorite for his powerful stories leaving the audience reflecting, embracing, and ultimately cheering each other on. Jeff loves his work with teens, families, and educators. He's a passionate advocate and mentor to teens, families, and communities. He's an expert in speaking to teens, training teachers and giving them validation and hope in what they do makes a difference. He loves his military (he's a Marine!) and they appreciate him. He trains and teachers on how to identify, question, persuade, and refer a person in pain or possibly suicidal to get help.
Why Jeff for your School Suicide Prevention Training?
Think about this . . .
One community losses 9 teens to suicide in less than one year, including 4 teens in 6 weeks. Who did they turn to? They reached out to Teen Suicide Expert, Jeff Yalden and within days, Jeff was there to restore hope to a community lost in its search for meaning and understanding. Two high schools and one big parent/community program where 1500 people came out, including six families that have lost a child. This evening was incredible. The following night, Jeff even stayed and joined the student cheering section for a home basketball game.
Another community, loses a high school student to suicide and that very evening, the father commits suicide. Less than a month later, a middle school student and a father were killed in an automobile accident. A month after, the School Treasurer committed suicide, within 35 minutes of being caught mishandling school funds. When the dust starts to settle, there is a high school drug overdose. Taking the life of another student. September of 2015, an 8th grader takes his life. Then in November 2015, just before Thanksgiving break, a high school student commits suicide.
A community experiences a suicide inside the school and within three days Jeff was there to spend three days with that community.
Multiple youth suicides in Ontario, Canada and the Canadian Mental Health Association called this a "Suicide Contagion - A City in Crisis." Who'd they call? Jeff went for five days to Woodstock, Ontario.
Many of school communities hurting, heartache, rocked, devastated and looking for answers. They've all reached out to Jeff and Jeff has always been available.
Many of phone calls asking questions, but many not even willing to address a suicide for the fear of how to do it, what to say, what will happen, and the fear that talking will make things worse. Shame on them for not doing what is right.
Jeff Yalden is an expert and comes to communities without leaving any pieces to be picked up. It's a motivational, inspirational, time of thought, reflection, and life changes as Jeff makes you look at where you are, where you are going, and how are you going to get there.
Jeff has experience personally and professionally
Experience from the depths of despair to renewed sense of being and purpose. Jeff works with school communities – parents, adults, and teens on mental health and depression everyday.
Everyday, Jeff is on the phone with a community, a parent, or a teen dealing with loss, thoughts of suicide, or family turmoil. This is what he does and when he isn’t doing this, Jeff is speaking and mesmerizing some high school audience or middle school audience with his life’s experiences and wisdom. This is what Jeff does. It’s not just a job to him. This is his life’s purpose and the meaning to his existence.
What do these communities have in common? They both hired Teen Suicide Prevention Expert – Jeff Yalden. In two days, Jeff came and restored hope to a community searching for meaning and understanding. Jeff shared his heart with the staff, students, and community members including parents. He shared his theory on today’s teens and depression, anxiety, and expectations. He talked about the pressures of today’s youth – being on 24/7 and always connected. He shared everything from signs to look out for to how to deal with a teen in crisis. He is not a textbook guy. He is trained through QPR Suicide Prevention, thousands of hours dealing with death and communities in despair, and has a background in Mental Health and Psychology. His experiences go much further than his education.
The reality, sometimes it’s just another outside voice that can say things a little differently than community members, Pastors, Principals, Superintendents, Coaches, and Teachers. Jeff is used to being the one that has to say what needs to be said. It’s an outside voice with great experience that can open his heart and move the energy in a new direction, whereas, you might be chastised for being insensitive. Jeff has a way with words and a presence that is impactful. What would you rather have? You’d rather have the person that connects and makes a difference, rather than the person that can share statistics and textbook definitions written well before today’s generation was so actively involved in social media technology.
This is what Jeff does – Loving People To Life! So, for your next Suicide Prevention Training Speaker or Teen Suicide Prevention – Crisis Intervention consider the one person with more experience than anyone. Teen and Parent Communicator, Jeff Yalden will bring the students and staff members back to normalcy. You will be glad you did!
Suicide Prevention Expert Jeff Yalden hugs a dad after he lost his son less than a week after his son’s suicide
Check out Jeff’s Suicide Prevention Videos on YouTube
Staff members and leaders need to know how they can prevent a teen suicide from happening within their schools, their communities, and to the people they work with. That is why suicide prevention programs in schools are so important. Whether our Men and Women in our Armed Forces or the students in our buildings, Jeff Yalden is an teen suicide prevention expert, and a Certified Suicide Prevention Intervention Crisis Counselor with 23 years experience working with teens and adults. In as little as two hours, Jeff can train your team of professionals on how to intervene as the Gatekeeper – Question the student, Persuade the student to get the proper help, and Refer the student to the right people.
Jeff is certified in QPR Training. Jeff feels this is the best Suicide Prevention method because of the simplicity and that everyone can be a part of the solution. Everyone will become Gatekeepers and they will learn the tools necessary to intervene and save a life or many.
Your Staff Professionals will Learn:
Examples of Direct Verbal Warning Signs
Examples of Indirect or Coded Verbal Clues
Examples of Behavioral Warning Signs or Clues
A Reminder about Depression and its link to Suicide
How to Approach a Potential Suicidal Student
How to handle a Student who Refuses Help
How to Set up A Crisis Plan
Planting Seeds of Hope to the Student and the Families
This is interactive and fun with role playing techniques that help teach and educate you on how to be the Gatekeeper. Let’s work together now.
“It begins with knowing what to do and having the courage to intervene and act immediately.” – Jeff Yalden
After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
No administrative certificate, PhD, or Masters Degree will every prepare you for what to do when a suicide rocks your school community. This is about experience, patience, and doing the right thing for everyone including – family, students, staff, community, friends, teams, and the subject in this case. Proceed carefully and remember, “It will be ok!”
Now it is time to move forward from the loss, but how do we do it? Often times, Jeff has been asked to give an upbeat school wide assembly addressing the students and talking about life and bringing school spirit and morale back. Jeff can speak from the heart in a way that one of the everyday staff members or administrators can’t. Sometimes it’s just a matter of being from the outside that makes all the difference in the world. Give Jeff a call and let’s talk about having Jeff bring you through this last part where we can get back to normal and move forward. Think about inviting Jeff for the students and spending time training your staff personnel in an in-service program on how to identify, question, persuade, and refer the subject to get the professional help they need.
Also, contact Jeff for your questions on how to handle this crisis. Questions such as, “What do we do now?” and “How do we handle this?” and many more questions are answered in the After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools that Jeff will gladly send to you for your guide.
Questions? Contact Jeff today for a Training in your School with teachers, staff, or administrators.
Why Jeff . . .
You might wonder why Jeff is so passionate about Teen Suicide and Suicide Prevention, huh?
Teen Suicide Prevention Expert and Mental Health Speaker Jeff Yalden
Jeff was hospitalized twice for suicidal thoughts – at 17 years old and at 20 years old. He’s been there. He’s lived in the pain and dark shadows where nothing in that moment seemed like it would ever end. He didn’t want to be a burden anymore. He didn’t want to wake up from his depressed state of sleep. The pain was too much. While in elementary school, Jeff remembers a girl on his bus who one day took her life. Everyday the bus would continue to drive past that driveway/bus stop for that one girl. The bus never stopped again, but the memories were forever. While in high school Jeff remembers two suicides and multiple deaths that shook linger on in his heart. Then, the defining moment came on February 26, 1992 while Jeff was in the Marine Corps. One of his Marines took his own life with a 9mm in the room while Jeff was trying to help him. This Marine looked at Jeff (Corporal Yalden) and said, “Corporal Yalden, nobody cares about me!” Corporal Yalden looked at him and said, “I care about you!” The Marine then looked at Corporal Yalden and said, “Maybe you’re the only one!” and took the 9mm and pulled the trigger, taking his own life. For almost the next 12 hours, Jeff Yalden wasn’t allowed to leave the room during the investigation. The Marines final words were, “Maybe YOU are the only one!” Jeff remembers those words and thinks that somewhere prior to that moment had he only known that others did care could we have prevented this suicide. These trying experiences are what inspired Mr. Yalden to create his youth suicide prevention program that has touched so many lives.
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, the State Board/Department of Education shall adopt rules to require that all public school personnel receive at least 2 hours of suicide awareness and prevention training each year. This training shall be provided within the framework of existing in-service training programs offered by the State Board/Department of Education or as part of required professional development activities.
Teen suicide is no laughing matter, if you have had a friend or family member with a mental health condition you understand this at the deepest level. There is a large risk factor for any young person, and even young people in general to display suicidal Behavior. In society, prevention by School staff, a school district, in the Parent-Teacher connection must be strong. We are dedicated to raise awareness of how to notice a warning sign, to get help for a suicidal threat, no school should go without proper suicide prevention training.
Contact Jeff Today:
Staff In-Service Training
New Teacher Orientations
Working with your Staff Department Heads
Working with your Community Members
Working with your Counselors
Training and Educating Parents & Volunteers
Training Coaching Staff
Training PTO, PTSA, Boosters, Community Leaders
“In the next decade we will see a 31% increase in teen suicides, drug addiction, and alcohol abuse.”
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