Preventing Teen Depression and Suicide

Wednesday, August 29th 


Since 2016, there has been a 30% increase of suicides nationwide. In particular, an increase in teens and young adults. This presentation will provide an overview of teenage stress (what is “normal” stress versus “too much”), depression and anxiety (symptoms in teenagers), and warning signs of suicide. Parents, teachers, coaches, and other involved adults are invited to this educational forum and discussion on when and how to intervene with a potentially troubled teen.

About our instructor: Lisa Prefontaine, LMHC works at Horizon Health Services as Clinical Director for Mental Health Services. Her work began in an inpatient adolescent psychiatric hospital 18 years ago before getting her master’s degree in mental health counseling 14 years ago. She specializes in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), EMDR, Lethality assessment and intervention, Co-occuring disorders (hybrid of mental health and substance use treatment), and high risk management. She has a passion for advocacy and community outreach where she and hopes to minimize stigma of mental illness and substance use by providing education and hope in the community.