New Vista to Host Stop Youth Suicide Conference in Light of Rise in Teen Suicide

In partnership with the Stop Youth Suicide Campaign, New Vista will host “Staying Alive Kentucky: Rebuilding Teens for the Future After COVID-19.” This annual conference has taken place for 20 years in Lexington and seeks to raise awareness about teens experiencing suicidal thoughts and actions as well as educate the community on how to support teens during crucial developmental years.

“This was a powerful conference to attend. In particular the youth panel is very impactful,” New Vista Regional Director of Children’s Services, Randa Bush, said, who attended the conference in 2019. “Hearing first-hand from the youth on the panel, brought a high level of authenticity to the conference, since they were speaking from their experience.” 

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for ages 10-24 in the United States and the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34. The COVID-19 pandemic led to more mental health issues for youth who need help now more than ever as the pandemic is coming to an end.

The conference will feature presenters from across the US who are experts in the fields of suicide prevention, adolescent mental health, substance use and related fields. Conference attendees are welcome from the community as well as professionals working in schools, nonprofits, emergency response and behavioral health. Parents, professionals and community members will gain insight into the unique challenges youth experience and learn how to offer support and detect signs of mental distress. Some of the topics include; gender dysphoria, the pandemic’s impact on students and athletes, LBGTQIA+ mental health and eating disorders.

“This a great conference for parents and the community because of the variety of topics covered,” explains Bush. “Learning how to support our teens after this pandemic is relevant for all people who work with youth.”

As the Community Mental Health Center serving 17 counties in Central Kentucky, New Vista is hosting this event to educate the community on this important topic and build awareness around youth mental health and suicide prevention to help support Kentucky’s youth after COVID-19.

The Stop Youth Suicide Conference is a two-day event that takes place on July 29, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and July 30, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Suites, 2601 Richmond Road, Lexington. Participants can attend virtually for free. The in-person registration fee is $30 and CEUs are available. All members of the community are welcome to attend this conference. Register online at either Virtual Registration or In-Person Training. Please email training@newvista.org with questions about registration.

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