A Community Effort toA Community Effort toUnderstand and AddressUnderstand and AddressAdolescent DepressionAdolescent Depression
What is Circle of Support?What is Circle of Support?• Centers around schools, communityagencies, churches, service groups,businesses, law enforcement, healthprofessionals, families and youth allcoming together to address teenagedepression• It is unfortunately often triggered byone or more suicide attempts
What is Circle of Support?What is Circle of Support?• It has three main components incommunity engagement:• Education on the facts and symptomsof adolescent depression• Learning their role in supporting youngpeople in their community and that theycome in contact with• Understanding how and where familiesor youth can get help
What is a Circle of Support?What is a Circle of Support?
What is a Circle of Support?What is a Circle of Support?
Circle of Support as aCircle of Support as aCommunity Mental HealthCommunity Mental HealthModelModel• The Model provides the followingsupports:1. Building a Circle of Support: Amodel for Intervention andPrevention of Adolescent MentalHealth Problems• This piece is used to lay out thephilosophy and describes the steps toimplement a community based mentalhealth promotion program which can beused by the Community Team.
Circle of Support as aCircle of Support as aCommunity Mental HealthCommunity Mental HealthModelModel2. Adults Who Care: Education forParents and School StaffThis piece contains agendas, activities andhandouts for two 90-minute educationalprograms to help community groups,parents, school staff and other caringadults recognize and understandadolescent depression. Puzzle Pieces andFaces of Depression Videos are used.
Components of aComponents of aCommunity PresentationCommunity Presentation• Deal with the myths and facts of TeenDepresssion• Learn how a circle of support can assist teens• Recognize the major symptoms of TeenDepression, “What to look for”• Provide a greater understanding of what helplooks like• Learn how to listen and help youth to talk
Circle of Support as aCircle of Support as aCommunity Mental HealthCommunity Mental HealthModelModel3. Teens Helping Teens: PeerHelper Training on Depressionand Suicide Attempts• This piece contains educational materialsto instruct peer helpers at the junior andsenior high school levels on the topics ofdepression and suicide. These can bepart of a formal peer helper program orstudent leaders of many different levelsidentified to serve in the peer helper role.
Circle of Support as aCircle of Support as aCommunity Mental HealthCommunity Mental HealthModelModel4. Tackling Tough Stuff: AdolescentSkills to Understand Depression• This piece is intended for general use withyoung people 12 to 18 years old. It can beimplemented through home room activities, inchurch and other community youth groups asclassroom, small group or retreat activities.• The activities promote recognition andunderstanding of depression and skill-buildingfocused on coping, communication andsolving problems
Circle of Support as aCircle of Support as aCommunity Mental HealthCommunity Mental HealthModelModel5. Teen Teachers: Cross AgeEducation to Building FriendshipSkills• This piece gives directions to engage HighSchool students in the delivery of cross-ageteaching to upper elementary school studentson the topics of being a friend and building aCircle of Support.
Some BackgroundSome Background• The program was developed bypsychiatrists, psychologists andeducators at the University ofMinnesota.• It was developed from five years ofresearch involving over 15, 000youth and is based on this researchand information presented by theyouth themselves.
Some BackgroundSome Background• The human element of anguish anddesperation common to sucicidallydepressed teenagers impacted andguided the team most in developingthese programs.• Youth have great impact as theyshare their message through thevideos to help others not have to gothrough what they did.
• Iowa State University Extensionassists communities:• in organizing the community Team,• helping identify mental health serviceproviders,• and in conducting training on thecurriculum components that thecommunity and schools might chooseto implement
Next Step in HarlanNext Step in Harlan• To continue work with an identified set of youth asPeer Helpers since Peer Relationships are soimportant.• Youth were selected that represent influence in manydifferent groups• You as Community Members will focus on:• Being part of a circle of support• Understanding the symptoms of depression• Knowledge of who and how teens can get help• Sharing the Circle of Support with Comm. Groups
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