Why Youth Mental Health & Suicide Matters to Everyone – Dr. Mark Goulston : 1003

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IN THIS EPISODE OF THE HUMAN UPGRADE™ … you’ll find out that kids are killing themselves more often and at younger ages. Suicide prevention expert Dr. Mark Goulston joins the show to discuss the very real and very urgent topics of youth mental health and suicide—from pre-teens to teens to young adults. These issues concern everyone, not only families, educators or professionals who connect with young people. Here’s why:

Suicide shows up in the top three causes of death in young people between the ages of 10-24, according to 2020 stats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports.

Young people are hurting. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that nearly 20% of high school students say they’ve had serious thoughts of suicide and 9% have made an attempt to take their lives. Dr. Mark explains that many young people struggling mentally and emotionally feel like they're a burden to everyone. And they don’t have confidence that parents can help them feel better.

You’ll learn a lot during this conversation, such as:

  • factors driving teen mental health issues and teen suicide.
  • what’s going on in the teen brain from a developmental perspective that leads them to think that death is a preferable alternative to working through life situations.
  • signs or red flags that a teen is struggling.
  • how parents and adults often can diminish or dismiss teens’ emotions, situations with friends or love relationships.
  • what emotional intelligence skills are most useful for parents/adults to better understand teens.
  • how to talk to teens—whether you’re a parent or a caring adult in a teen’s life.
  • how to improve listening in a culture dominated by tech.
  • how to listen to teens and help them realize and understand their emotions—without cutting them off, interrupting them, or jumping to advice and solutions.
  • when to seek professional intervention.

More about Dr. Mark Goulston: He's a retired psychiatrist, former UCLA professor of psychiatry and former FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer. He recently received the “Shine the Light Media Award” from the Los Angeles County Medical Association for bringing attention to teen mental health and suicide. He’s the author or co-author of nine books: “Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone,” ranks in the 15 Best Communication Skills Books of All Time.

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