Suicide Prevention Workshop
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.Every one of us can play a role in suicide prevention by knowing the signs, finding the words to support a friend or family member, and learning the resources available to those who struggle. To help in these areas, Contra Costa Behavioral Health Services is hosting a free forum on youth and suicide. The forum will be held September 9 from 4-7 over zoom. This forum is for youth, young adults, and those who want to support them. Registration is required. Here's the link: Register
Tobacco & Vaping Workshop
Tobacco and marijuana use continue to be prevalent with young people. Continuing their efforts to address this, the County’s Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) team is presenting a family and community engagement webinar called “Tobacco, Vaping, and Cannabis: Everything Adults Need to Know. Here is the information:
Skills Building Workshop
This Fall, Wellness intern Tom Jorgensen will lead an innovative workshop called Fail Fast, Fail Often: Creating a Life of Passionate Action! The workshop is designed to help students follow their curiosity, explore new possibilities, and test their ideas—even if they're feeling unsure or apprehensive of failure. Students who sign up will receive a free copy of the book “Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win”, an Oprah Editor's Choice. Look for details this Fall.
Youth Suicide Prevention Committee
If you’re interested in joining a new committee working to prevent youth suicide in Contra Costa County, please email email@example.com. This is a great opportunity to work with community partners and other students passionate about this important cause.
Email eking@auhsdschools if you're interested in becoming a peer educator for the 2021-2022 school year. Peer educators will receive comprehensive training from the County's Tobacco Use Prevention Education Team.
Talking to Your Teen About Tobacco
If you’re struggling with how to discuss tobacco use with your teen, these Conversation Cards might be helpful.
PFLAG Is Looking For Founders of Walnut Creek Chapter
PFLAG is actively seeking one or more people to start a Walnut Creek chapter. PFLAG (the largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, and their parents, families, and allies) is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed. If you’re interested, please contact Jacquie Guzzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, PFLAG is serving Walnut Creek students through its neighboring chapters. See this attachment for opportunities:
Recording of Two Great Webinars By County Department of Education:
The TUPE (Tobacco Use Prevention Education) division of the County’s Department of Education held two of valuable webinars this fall. One explored social-emotional learning and stress management and the other covered the facts surrounding youth vaping. If you missed one or both of these, you can watch the recordings here.