Teen Suicide: What Parents Need to Know
with Katherine Reeves, PMHNP-BC
with Katherine Reeves, PMHNP-BC
Episode 6, Season 2 | September 22, 2021
Content Trigger Warning: Please be advised that today’s episode discusses suicide and suicidal ideation. If you are having thoughts of suicide, feeling suicidal or have concerns that someone you know may be at risk of suicide, please contact a 24-hr Crisis Line:
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It can be hard to imagine talking with your teen about suicide. But given that it is the second leading cause of death among young people, it makes sense to be prepared to have that conversation. How can we as parents create a safe, nonjudgmental space where our teens feel comfortable talking about hard things? How do we know when to worry and how to get help? Join us for today’s podcast episode, where we talk with two CHC experts, Katie Reeves, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Jason Tinero, Doctoral Psychology Intern, to hear what all parents should know about teen suicide.
Katie is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (NP) who works with children, adolescents and their parents to treat psychiatric disorders including anxiety, depression, trauma related disorders, ADHD and behavioral disorders. Katie has experience working in a group home setting as well as in community outreach, homeless adolescent mental health, LGBTQ health and psychiatric emergency services. She has primary responsibility for patients, and she works with other clinicians to oversee the prescription and management of mediation, and general medical and mental health. Katie grew up in Palo Alto (Gunn HS), was a competitive swimmer in college and now enjoys being an avid Bay Area sports fan.
Jason Tinero is a Doctoral Intern in Clinical Psychology who specializes in therapy and assessments with children, adolescents and families with medical illnesses, depression, anxiety, minority sexual and gender identities and grief/bereavement. Jason graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Anthropology and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology. He then went on to earn his MS in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, where he conducted research on grief and bereavement among clinicians in the NICU. He is in his fifth and final year at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, where he has earned his MS in Clinical Psychology and will earn his PsyD in June 2022. Throughout graduate school, he has received extensive training in neuropsychological assessment and therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for youth and families. His doctoral research focuses on youth and families dealing with medical conditions, such as identity development for adolescents with cancer or creating a trauma-informed intervention for parents of youth with Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). His approach to treatment utilizes the genuine therapeutic relationship as a foundation for change, and it is based upon warmth, compassion and empathy. In his free time, Jason enjoys hiking, cooking, trying new foods, watching comedy television shows and exploring the Bay Area.
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Related Podcast Episodes:
A Parent’s Journey: A Child With Anxiety and Depression
DBT: One Parent’s Journey
Articles from CHC's Resource Library:
Talking to Teens: Suicide Prevention
Helping Resistant Teens Into Treatment
How To Help Someone At Risk Of Suicide
How to Talk to Children and Teens About Suicide: A Guide for Parents
Parents of Suicidal Teens Say They Feel Alone. Here Are Resources to Help.
With a downloadable resource:
Teen Depression: More Than Just Moodiness
Talking to Your Kids and Teens When They Need Help
Anxiety and Depression: Know the Signs and How to Help
Community Education Presentation:
Teen Suicide: What are the Warning Signs?
Resource for Teens:
My Life is Worth Living: Animated Series Tells Stories of Teenagers Struggling With Thoughts of Suicide