FREE Leader/Parent Training: Depression, Self Injury, & Suicide

Matt Lawson —  December 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

Depression TrainingIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, yet so many students deal with difficult issues of depression and hopelessness during this season. While the holidays are enjoyable for many, it’s also a dreaded time for those who are dealing with hurt and pain.

The following video was filmed during a leadership meeting with our student ministry leaders this year. The lead trainers are licensed professional counselors specializing in depression, self injury, and suicide.

Hope you’ll find this resource helpful as you lead and/or parent students during the Christmas season!

If you watch this video, it will help you:

  • Identify the signs and symptons of depression
  • Know the reasons why a student may experience depression
  • See how depression in teens differs from adults
  • Understand how you can know if a student is just going through a difficult time or is experiencing depression
  • Recognize the events that increase the risk of depression in teens
  • Know five things you can do to help a teen dealing with depression
  • Know things you should say and the things you should avoid saying
  • Understand why people self injure (most common form is cutting)
  • Realize the warning signs and progression of self injury
  • Understand how to help those dealing with self injury
  • Understand the warning signs for potential suicide
  • Know the four things you can do to help a teen dealing with suicide

If you would like the powerpoint that accompanies this video, all you have to do is subscribe (it’s free!) to this blog. You’ll be sent a link to download the powerpoint. Click here to watch the training.

If you need the help of a licensed professional counselor, feel free to call Paraclete Counseling Center.

Matt Lawson


Matt is the Pastor of Story City Church in Los Angeles, CA. From 2000-2014, Matt served in the trenches of student ministry believing students can love Jesus with all their heart and will change the world. He's served on staffs in small churches, large churches, and in para church youth ministries. Matt is the author of TWISDOM as well as a contributing author to four other books. Matt lives in Burbank, CA with his wife Laura, and kids Deacon (2009), Eden (2010), and Roman (2014). In their free time, they enjoy sports, reading, and travel. Connect with Matt on Twitter or Instagram.

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