Good evening, afternoon everyone. On behalf of the American Federation of Teachers, I'd like to welcome everyone to today's webinar on Preventing Teen Suicide and promoting mental Wellness through animation. I can't wait. Actually, my name is Marge Brown. I am an associate director at AFT and I'm and I'm your moderator. Before we begin, I'd like to thank today's virtual conference sponsor, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Carnegie Museum of Natural History offers educational support through resource materials, virtual and in person programs and teacher loyalty. Excuse me, teacher loyalty passes. You can learn more about Carnegie Museum of Natural History by clicking on their logo on the right side of your screen. We truly appreciate your support. Now let's watch a short video on how our webinars work. Hello everyone, welcome to our 2022 share my lesson virtual conference. My name is Kelly Booze, director of the American Federation of Teachers. Share my lesson before we begin. 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So pick your. Choose your response and hit submit. And we will see. How it turns out? I'm definitely in the not yet, but I will try them out in April. I always have good intentions about doing Wellness and meditation and somehow. Other things take precedence. If you can believe that. How we were 80% right? Susan, shall we just show the results? So most of you are in that same camp. It's on my phone, it's on my list of things to do. Uhm? Now it's my pleasure to introduce our presenters and Brown from the Cook Center for Human Cook Center for Human Human Connection, and Terry Thorne from Wondermedia. You can read their BIOS on the right side of the screen. Thank you for joining us today and welcome. I know this is going to be an amazing presentation. I'll see you later. Terry and Ian go. Well, good afternoon everyone. Thanks for joining us. We're excited to meet you all. We're going to start just so that we're all level set. We're going to start with the actual work that we're doing and that we're going to talk about. One of the things that many of you may know if you're on this is that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. For for young people tend to 24 within the country. And where I'm from in Utah, it's actually the first leading cause of death. And so we've seen this as a as a as an issue that we really wanted to help and support from the from the Cook Center and from Wondermedia. And besides, you know, besides suicide being an issue, we've also seen just a huge increase in the mental health needs of families and adults around the country. And so we want to give a resource that is supportive and helpful, and most of all, hopeful. And what I would say about one of the things about our web series that we're going to be talking about. Is while we're talking about difficult topics, we are really focused again on on. The hopeful message is the fact that people know that they're not the only ones that have ever struggled with these needs, and they're they're not alone. And there are people around them that want to help. No one ever gets hurt in any of our in any of our videos. No one dies in any of our videos. It's all about helping people figure out that it's OK to need and ask for help, and that they and that there are those around them that care about them. So our videos are a collection of we have 2020 videos that tell the story of five children. Our five teens and some of those we've cut down to to just one minute really key points. And that's what this first one is that I'm going to show you. This is one minute that can help save a life. Hi, I'm Doctor Kevin Skinner. I'm going to show you a scene from Kyle story and how one question can save a life. Kyle is coming home from an experience where he had seriously contemplated suicide, and he's now heading home. I want you to observe how his father responds. His initial response when his son comes home. Dad, so I want you to observe the father's reaction here. He stands up. He goes towards his son and engages. Imagine that he's frustrated. Where did you go? Why didn't you tell me I've been worried about you? That's not what his son needed in that moment. Instead, what does his father do? Watch carefully as we watch that scene, Dad. Come here. So in this situation, that boy says Dad he stands up, walks straight towards him and embraces him. This may be one of the most important moments of that boy's life. Because what happened here is a father reached out and tried to connect with his son, knowing that something is going on, but not necessarily knowing the story, he embraces him. There's a power in human touch. That embrace is a crucial connector between father and son. What happens next is the father does something very courageous. Are you OK? No. Kyle, I need to ask you something and I want you to know that whatever the answer is. I love you. You've seen pretty down lately, and I'm worried about you. Have you been thinking about taking your life? You see, the father says, have you been thinking about taking your life? In many instances we are afraid to ask important questions because maybe we're afraid of the answers. Maybe we're afraid ourselves of what that answer is, but the courage of this father to ask that simple question. Maybe the question that can save his life. Boy says I'm not doing well. Have you considered taking your life? The boy then starts crying. The father perfect timing. Ask the hard question so they can begin a discussion. I'm here. Now tell me about it. The father says a couple of other important things. I am here. I'm open to talk in situations like this as parents. Sometimes we are uncomfortable with our children's emotions. We don't know what to say and we don't know what to do, but in this moment the father wasn't solving the problem. He was seeking more information and as parents that's a very critical thing. If we're going to connect with our children, they almost need to see us as someone who's interested in what they're experiencing. Powerful moments like these sometimes in life. These are what we call the crucial moments. The moments that can save. A person's life I'm doctor Kevin Skinner with his parent guidance moment. Thank you for sharing this moment with me. So I need to apologize. I do not have a loved one who is struggling with mental health. This conversation could save their life. This is the one minute without the dad. Come here. Are you OK? No. Kyle, I need to ask you something and I want you to know that whatever the answer is. I love you. You've seen pretty down lately, and I'm worried about you. Have you been thinking about taking your life? I'm here. Now tell me about it. Get help and my life is worth living.org/help so. Hi, I'm Doctor Kevin Skinner. I'm going to show you a scene from Kyle story and how one question can save a life. Kyle is coming home from an experience where he had seriously contemplated suicide, and he's now heading home. I want you to observe how his father responds. His initial response when his son comes home. Dad. OK. I I apologize, it's my first time using this session, so let me just explain what you saw first. The first thing that you saw is what we call a parent guidance moment. So we've taken a minute out of our series. And we've asked a therapist to show. Apparent what are the what are the really amazing things that are happening in that and so our therapist, Doctor Kevin Skinner talks about the fact that going towards his child, not not chastising the child when when the father is probably scared and frustrated, but instead of chastising him he goes to him. He embraces him, he uses that human touch to to help the child feel calm and safe and then and then is able to ask the difficult question. And then and then. You know, be able to say, let's talk about this and let's move forward. The first, the the next video that you saw without the therapist was the one minute clip and that's what's the one minute clip is available on YouTube. And then we add in these therapist minutes. And so I just wanted to help you sort of level set why that is. If everyone could now take a minute to answer this poll question about why you personally chose this session, I would appreciate that, that, and then we'll move forward and talk a little bit about how this how all of these resources are made available to you, and what those resources are. So I'll give everyone a minute to answer the poll question. Let's see. OK. Alright. So. The series. Uhm? Is. The series is is called. My life is worth living. And as we talked about, my life is worth living as an animated web series. That's all about supporting teen mental health through animation. And with the series there are 20 episodes that are telling the stories of five children. And those five children are all struggling with difficult, difficult aspects of today's children. So it's things like. Depression and anxiety substance abuse, cyberbullying, trauma abuse. And with each of those we have also provided a free curriculum that is made available through share my lesson and through a FT. And So what I wanted to do on this slide was really show you how to find that. So if you do a search within a FT share, my lesson for my life as worth living, you will find each of our episodes and the accompanying curriculum that goes with each of the episodes so kind so it looks like this. Every episode besides being available through, share my through my life is worth excuse me through. Share my lesson. Every episode is also available on YouTube for free for anyone to be able to access and the lessons and the videos are also available at my life as worth living.org. And so we so we're we at the Cook Center are making these just open and available for anyone to use over the last two years. In partnership with Terry Thorne and Wondermedia, we've produced these. Our Cook Family Foundation has has funded all of the all of the the research and the design and the production of this of this work. That then Terry Thorns team at Wondermedia put together. And in addition to these being available. In English on YouTube you can also find them in Spanish, in Portuguese and Mandarin and in Japanese if you need them. Uhm? I'm going to go forward here. OK, so this is, this is what we're called is my life is worth living and as I said, this is a. These are animations that support teen mental health. And we're focused on these stories. 55 powerful stories, 20 episodes. You're not alone. And I am going to let. Terry, before we get to the next poll question, Terry, do you want to jump in and and say something about the lessons? Yeah, I think it's important to understand that when we when we decided to use animation to tell these stories and to model this behavior and to help show what hope looks like, we used animation because we know that it's a language that teenagers have grown up with and when they get to the point where they're struggling with anxiety and depression, they're more attracted to listing to animated characters because there's so many other people in their lives that it just gets. Tough, so in with animated characters when we're telling a story, we can create a world in with sound design and quality. Voice acting and with beautiful imagery and with music that sets the tone to help them know how to feel when we're conveying these difficult messages. But it also helps to start the conversation. So we I've been producing animation for 40 years and I did shows like the wild Thornberrys and Rugrats and we spent a lot of time really understanding. What motivates a child to go out and buy merchandise after they watch animation? And basically it's because they're connected to the character they feel like they're forming relationship with the character they identify with the character, and they want the experience of the character to continue and that experience that can be continued can be with a parent with a teacher with a therapist, but these are the beginning of the conversation, and we also know that animation really doesn't know any borders. Doesn't only race, religion, culture or creed, so it's an it's an international language that everyone can relate to 1st. Just because it's animation and it's a general that kids love. And Terry, can you talk quickly about about how? How animation can affect behavior and emotion in children in a way that a lot of people just really don't understand. Well, anybody who goes into a restaurant or grocery store any public place these days where there's young children. Unfortunately, you're gonna see them with an iPad or a cell phone and they're watching an animated cartoon and up to second grade. Little ones think that animated characters are real. They think that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth fairy are real, and they think the animated characters are real and that all begins to change in 3rd and 4th and 5th grade when the content that's available to them with animation begins to change as well. So they've consumed more hours of animation in their lifetime before becoming a teen than any other content, whether it be in a video game on a television set or on a device, and they're attracted to that, but it's really important to understand that they're attracted to the characters and they listen to the characters and you'll see them a lot of time zone out when they're watching something, and you're trying to say something to them and they don't even hear you because they go into this world where they feel safe. Right, because the world outside of animation, especially today, is, is full of chaos. But they feel safe going in animation. Does that answer your question in? Yeah, it does so so this. So the fact that people feel safe when they're when they're looking at animation and they and they're and it's been a part of their life. It's a time when you can really send a powerful message and and there's research and Terry talks about this sometimes about how if a child is watching you know, kids beat each other up in animation, they're going to beat each other up on the playground. And if they're and if they're watching a show with empathy, they're going to show each other empathy so they really do emulate what happens in animation. And so that's our hope here is that we want kids to understand that everyone has negative thoughts. That that's a that's just a part of human nature. But we also show them how to how to own their negative thoughts and and be able to. Conquer those, I guess in a way one of our characters, Amy. She looks in a mirror and. And her negative voices talking to her. And then finally she says there's not two of us. There's just you. I mean there's just me and and and my, you know, my ability to to. You know what I need to do to to make myself happy and so we're so we model that. We also model that it's OK to need and ask for help and that there are people around them that they might not expect. That can be that helper to them, and so. So we're using the power of animation to really speak to, to to teens about these. So we talked, we saw. I'm going to do two things on this poll question, 'cause I realized that I did not do well on the 1st poll question, so I'm going to give people a chance to answer this poll question. What are the biggest mental health concerns for your students and children? And then I also realized that on the last poll question, which why did you choose this this session? I didn't give you enough time to answer, so if you would like use the chat feature to be able to answer. This question of. Of. Why did you choose this session so? So I see some chats here saying I wasn't able to do it, so there's more poles here, but if you can do either of these and then I see someone up here saying black screen. So Lori Kelly, I hope that is not still the case. And Kelly, booze and Marjorie. Are you guys seeing chat so refreshing? Susan oh, not me, OK? Lori Susan Youssef is saying refresh your screen and Wesley, I agree you know, I work in a middle school. These are real issues that you're facing every day with children. Things like. Like worrying about worrying about kids who are who are being cyber bullied or worrying about kids who are who have maybe even had previous suicide attempts. Which is one of our one of our characters kids who are experiencing trauma and abuse and substance abuse. So yeah, these are all there. Uhm? I'm a social worker who is interested in mental health awareness and how to best support my students. Well, thank you and as a social worker, we really hope that you'll use these resources because, as Terry said before, this is really the beginning of the conversation. It it really? It's such a non confrontational way that if you're talking about one of our characters and what's happening with them to be able to say, have you ever felt like that or or even more even less confrontational is do you? Do you know anyone who's ever felt like that? It really? Is the beginning of a conversation and a way to open the conversation with children. And Jeremy Jenny is telling me there's no hole visible. So so the pole at the moment is, what is the biggest mental health concern for your students? And please feel free to just answer that in chat if you'd like as well. I'm going to move on from the whole question. So I wanted to give you a glimpse. Hey everyone, I'm here in Dell Rapids today with Sarah Holmberg, a guidance counselor, a counselor here at Dell Rapids Middle School, and you all have a little bit of a resource that you're using to kind of help integrate and incorporate and open up some conversations for students to talk about. Can you kind of explain what it is and what it is that it does help to students to do so that they can voice these difficulties that they might be going through? Yeah, absolutely. This year we've started using the program. The animated series is called My Life is worth living. It's an animated series that tackles a lot of different mental health issues for students. But in a way that is really an unintrusive for kids to kind of. Find the language to talk about the mental health struggles. I think the kids these days are very aware of their mental health, but sometimes at the pre pre adolescent adolescent stage they just don't quite have the language to talk about what they're struggling with. They don't know how to bring it up with the adults in their life in this series really models the inappropriate way to come. Talk to an adult or ask for help. It also allows for you to see a problem from multiple viewpoints, whether it's from the parents perspective, the student who's struggling with a mental health perspective, and then their friends perspective, and so even if you know your friend is struggling with a mental health issue but you don't know how to bring it up or you don't know how to approach it, it does a really nice job. Of looking at it from multiple viewpoints, so that if there's an issue that somebody struggling with it, it just allows you some really good talking points to start that conversation, would it be safe to say that you both? And perhaps you're in Dell Rapids? You've seen a benefit from getting to to do this. So far absolutely. I've seen it benefit on the individual level. Kids come into me, and you know they're struggling with something and I can suggest to one of these videos to them. They go home and they they find the language and we can have a conversation about it. Or a parent comes to me and says, you know, my kid discloses to me. I don't know how to have this conversation with them and I can share that resource. This resource with them. 'cause it does a really nice job of addressing issues from the parent perspective as well. And a lot of the times the thing that I see is the adults struggle with these difficult conversations just as much as they are teenagers do. And so then it allows them talking points or it allows them to sit down. Hey I, I saw this really cool resource. Let's watch this together and then it allows them to ease into that conversation instead of the, you know, hey, we need to sit down and have a chat. Seeing this for the first time, and obviously you've gotten to see the benefits of this. What would you tell to other people that are watching this? Maybe other school districts or organizations that are dealing with kids or have kids that this is something? Maybe you might want to give a try. So this is just another one of those things that we can arm kids with that we know is proven to help a lot of kids. There has been a lot of professionals have worked on it. Mental health professionals, doctors, pediatricians. There's a lot of thought that have gone into this series and the animation behind these. It's a it's a resource that can really be trusted at this point that we can put in in the hands of kids that we know won't hurt them anymore. So. You know what I? What I we're we're very thrilled with this. The Superintendent in Dell Rapids School District in Dell Rapids, South Dakota is who asked Dakota News now to come and or, well, I don't. Or somehow the Dakota News now came and and did that interview on their own and they just shared that with us so. You can see that's that's one way that a counselor is using our system. Let me let me invite you to use the inbox to ask any questions that you might have, and then I'm the next slide. Here is I'm going to show you kind of what the curriculum looks like and and go through that for you so you can see it. So if you look at the curriculum every you know we keep saying there's 20 episodes. Every episode is actually only four minutes long, and to tell us a student's entire story, there is a compilation video, but you can either show it show all four of the videos in order, or you can show a compilation video. But to tell the whole story of of Kyle, for instance, is about 18 to 20 minutes long. And every four minutes has a has a curriculum piece, so this is easily something that you could do over the course of a week or over the course of a month. Doing, you know a a lesson a day or less than a week or something like that. So Kyle in particular is our is our character who's struggling with cyber bullying. Kyles had kind of a regular life, nothing, nothing's been too terrible in it and something happens at a soccer game and he suddenly starts to get. Cyber bullied? And when he, and so he's getting these horrible texts, and he really doesn't know how to deal with them. And so when he gets out in public and it goes to a party, it feels really good to be drinking a lot, because he's, you know, it's taking some of the edge off of of the of the of the cyber bullying. Well, what happens with that is everyone takes out their phone and they video him. Drinking and and being drunk and throwing up, and so he wakes up the next morning after this. And guess what, he's now cyber bullied again. And so as as we go through, he tries to process all of this. He just gets to almost a breaking point, and luckily he gets a text from his father and that reminds him that his dad is there for him. And then he goes home. And then you saw that one minute clip of his dad asking him if he had thought about taking his life and then from there the dad activates and helps Kyle get help helps Kyle get connected to a therapist. Let Kyle know that he struggled with mental health. Issues before as well, and let's him know that he's not alone and that and that his dad is there for him. And and then there's a little more to the episode 2 where where sometimes, even though you're getting all of the help, you don't know how to how to actually accept it. And so Kyle and his dad worked through that as well. So every episode that and I just kind of went through Kyle story every episode of Kyles has this curriculum with it, so there's thought questions and I always think of these as more personal. So these are like personal questions that you might just have somebody think about and then they have discussion questions that would be things that that would be appropriate for a group discussion. And then they have journal entries, which also might be something that are a little more private, but giving kids a chance to write about how they're feeling a group activity. That again, could be a public activity, and then family engagement so that you could send something home to the families to say this is, you know, we're talking about cyberbullying this week. Here's a here's a way that you can engage at home, or it could even be that families use this curriculum, so that's kind of that's kind of how the whole curriculum and videos work together. And then in addition. You saw where we're creating the parent guidance moment where parents. Get like that. Just extra therapist voice of what's happened. 'cause this is really our belief, right? Children of the barometer of health in our communities? What's happening with kids right now is really showing that that they're struggling and that there are there are breaks in our system that we need to try to help to fill. And so that's what we're doing with my life is worth living, and we're also doing that with support from. With support from parents and providing parents with the support that they need, this is not truly a poll question, so don't don't go to mente for this right now. But I do want you to think about you know last year versus this year. What have you seen? Have you seen students seeking more mental health support? Have you seen parents coming to you asking for more support? We've seen extreme behaviors from students from parents and even from staff right every this is, this has been a hard couple of years and mental health issues did not happen because of COVID they've actually. I would, I would say there's actually been a spotlight put on them because of COVID, but but these issues were there before and I think the spotlight that's on them now is going to allow us to really to really be able to. Helps support children in a way that we haven't been able to before and so so it may be a silver lining that the spotlights on it now so that we can provide these supports. We've got another poll question here. And please feel free to answer this in the chat or in the in the poll, depending on which this working. 'cause I'm not really sure right now. But when a child is struggling with mental health, who does a parent go to for help? Who do they go to? Are they you know? Are they going to their pediatrician? Are they going to their school? Are they going to their therapists? Are they going, you know, to other family members and I know that you could put. You could say any of these, but who do you think is the 1st place? Oh, I'm getting poll questions. How exciting, OK, but where do you think the first places that they go to? To seek help when their child is struggling. And it looks like our poll is working, so I'm very excited about that. In a minute I get to go the poll results, but I'm gonna let you keep answering. And we're going to talk about this just a little bit. Our we've got four or five more of you to answer and then we'll go on to see what our results look like. So if you haven't answered yet, please please give it a shot. So one of the you know one of the things that we struggle with too is access to these. When my children were young and I needed some mental health support for one of them, I lived 3 hours from one city or five hours from another, and I didn't have. You know, those were my choices there. There weren't any child psychiatrist or psychologists in our town, and so we really, you know, I had to. I had to make the choice of a 3 hour drive or a five hour drive and either way was an overnight and you know so. So sometimes access is very difficult to. When you're looking when you're looking for support. So. I think we've got about 40 out of our 50 people who have who have responded, so I'm going to move on and see our results. So yes, I I'm gonna talk about this in a minute, but but absolutely, you know, a lot of us go to our pediatrician. A lot of us, you know, try to seek out a therapist. A lot of us do work with family, but school is the number one place where people go to 1st ask for mental health, support for their children. And as a matter of fact, our research shows about 80% of families. First go to school for their child mental health support. About 16% or 16 or 17% will will seek a medical system or a therapy system to be able to to look for help and support for their kids. So kind of interesting that you know, even though our numbers aren't quite at 80% and and 16% and all of that school was the lead in this, and you know the medical systems were just a little bit behind the schools, and that's pretty typical because the schools you guys are there for him. Everyday right families. Families know when they trust you and they believe in you and. And it takes time to be able to get into a pediatrician or a therapist, so so that's that's really what we find too. So back to this, who is mostly responsible for a child's mental health. This is another poll question, but to think about. You know, knowing. Knowing what we know about from our last question, what you know? Who is the responsible person for a child's mental health? I got a couple of people answering, thank you. Just in time, I'm going to let this, I'm going to go forward on this just a little bit, so thank you for the person who said parent. So it is a parents responsibility, but the parent of that group is the least educated in what to do and what to do when they're dealing with a child with a child with mental health issues. Uhm? And so we want to offer another. This is another free tool for you. This is free to any school anywhere. Thank you for those that wrote parent in school. This is called parent guidance.org and parent guidance.org is a free resource that's available. Through the schools. To be able to help children help parents help their children with mental health issues. So this is what I was talking about before. Is 80% of families receive their mental health care through schools and about 17% through the medical and therapy system? But the problem is is these numbers are so huge that the schools in the medical systems are being overloaded with mental health support with support needs and so that creates a scarcity of services. So our goal with parent guidance and again making this free and available to schools anywhere. Is to help parents be educated so that they can help? They can help children through the mental health challenges that they're that they're facing or or at least help them with the smaller things. So that then we have a collective abundance of people who can support kids. So let me show you what that looks like. And the reason we partner with schools is because families are 10 times more likely to access these services when they're available from schools. So what these look like? Is there a collection of courses on difficult topics of parenting? So why children self harm? You know, helping, helping children when they're bullied? How digital media is changing? Change your life, even difficult topics like topics like you know your child being struggling with ***********. But I will say there's also positive topics. There's also things like how to, how to raise confident children, how to, how to help a child calm their anxious mind. You know, staying aware and involved a positive thing, so so it's a collection of courses that help parents be able to help their children by giving parents education and knowledge in every course on. This is done by a licensed therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist and this platform is actually where our parent guidance moments will be housed. So, so this will be a marriage between my life is worth living and parent guidance and our therapy so that they'll all come together to work too. Be there to support parents. And when we work with schools, I'll just leave this here you can. You can click on Salt Lake City School District and you'll see our medallion on their website. The beauty of this program too is that it's also available in Spanish, so Spanish speaking parents are struggling. There are resources for Spanish speaking parents. The the other thing about it is it's is it's. It's private, it's on demand, and it's in the home. And we have some paid services, so everything I've talked about so far has been free. But we do have a couple of paid services that schools can sign up for. This is a monthly mental health series where our facilitators come in and facilitate a discussion in your district about different topics that are mental health focus that you choose and we also have a parent coaching system so that if parents need that extra 1 on one, support schools can provide that for their parents. We're going to jump over to another video and then we'll get to some Q&A Q&A here in a second. Parenting is hard parenting in these times is really hard. Parents need to place that they can go to get trusted answers and to find the support that they need. We want to help those families. We want to help all the families in your district. One of the ways that we can do that is with parentguidance.org. We want to be that trusted resource for them when they're concerned about their children's mental health, and parent guidance.org is kind of one. Stop shopping for parents with E courses that they can access anytime, as well as our ask A therapist feature where therapists will respond and post it. On our library of FA Q's so you can access all of our courses in the privacy of your own home and our specialized coaches walk with parents through our step-by-step curriculum. They also provide a once a week call so that they can discuss whatever issues are going on or what the parent discovered as they were going through the curriculum. They'll help educate them, they'll help them with consistency and also structure by providing individual. Family coaching you can potentially change the trajectory of a child's life forever. An additional service is that we want to offer our mental health series in the mental health series. We address core issues like anxiety, depression, bullying, suicidal ideations the topics that parents want to know about. We also want to provide a free mental health night. I bring a therapist, doctor Kevin Skinner at that time. He'll also entertain questions from parents and give them answers. We are providing you the school district administrators, teachers with resources that will help you be able to help your families and in turn we're going to help families help their children. So I just want to close with saying. You know, we, we truly believe that education. Is as much about connection as it is about curriculum. And and you know what we're providing to you at the Cook Center for Human Connection is. Resources that can help deepen those connections between parents and children between. Teachers and children, counselors and children starting conversations and so you know, that's really our goal, is to is to help you deepen those connections. And I'm going to let. I want to open this up to Q&A. I'm not sure Kelly and Marjorie, if I know exactly how to do that. This is just more about who we are at the Cook Center, and oh, I will. I will leave it on. Ask you a question. OK good, I'm stopping that. I'm gonna hope that this goes on here. All of these resources that we've talked about are free. And. And I'm in a second. You're going to see. You're going to see a QR code if you're interested in getting the parent guidance medallion on your website. If you need more information about how to access the, my life is worth living content or information. This is a QR code that will get you directly to me and we will provide you those resources. And then I'm going to open this up for Q&A while we leave it on this page with the QR code. Oh, thank you for the hearts friends. Uhm? So there are no questions in the Q&A box and I don't see any in the chat right now. But maybe there are some? And I could show my fun video that that I stopped just a second ago. But it is beautiful. It's it's a it's by an artist named Alex Boyet and he's given us permission to put our our. Animations to his song called Bend Not Break. Alex is a is a billion view you tuber, but he's also been on Americas Got Talent and many other shows, so I'm happy to. I'm going to show it. I just got trolled so we'll do that and see if if you have any questions please. This is your chance. OK, I'm gonna hope it shows. I don't see it yet. Says live on mine. I don't know what's happening. Before you go ask you question. Let's jump. When's the last time you thought life's worth? Give you may think there's only one way out. Can't see beyond the way you be right now. But if you just. And not great. If you just. And not break. At least not today. Now I know who that is. It is. That even known a good day life feels. Empty. But someone's going on Miss you when you're gone. There's so much more. With you. Future. You just. Please not. Today starting today. We are not the things we have done, but the things we have overcome. Just take it one day at a time because your work here is definitely not done, you know. Future. You just. These on the way. This truck please. Could you please? Give your life. You got it. In your eyes. So I I just really want to thank everyone Terry. I will give you the last word. It looks like we've got about a minute here, but thank everyone for joining us and and please share, watch use these resources. That's our hope. And they're available 24 hours a day for free on YouTube, which is why the Cook Center for Human Connection put them there. Because if 18 is struggling, we don't want to have a barrier to entry by asking them to go to Hulu or Amazon or Netflix there. 24 hours on YouTube in five languages. But really, thank you very much for giving us this opportunity. We know the animation is a powerful connector, but they're not a powerful connector if you don't connect with the team that's connecting with the animation. Thank you. Well, I know I speak for all of us at AFT. In thanking you and all of the audience here, this was a tremendously important presentation and I thank you for doing this work. I can already think of 1 school district that I know of that I'm going to send this. Ask you, I'm so sorry. Yes, John. We have the system. Sometimes they have a mind of its own. It's quite alright. Thank you very much to our presenters and Brown and Terry Thorne and your organization is the Cook Center for Human Connection and wondermedia. Thank you all for attending this afternoon and this evening, and of course you can get some demand after the fact and we are now going to show this quick little video about how you get your professional development certificates and I just can't thank you enough. All of you have a wonderful evening. When Susan, you're going to push that video right? Or Kelly. Hi everyone, Kelly booze rejoining you again. I hope you enjoyed today's webinar as much as I did. 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In October 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) joined together to declare a National State of Emergency in children’s mental health. In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory to address the youth mental health crisis that has been further exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cook Center for Human Connection in partnership with Wonder Media has produced “My Life is Worth Living” an animated series about youth mental health. The series is designed by a team of doctors, social workers, and suicide experts to model research-backed suicide prevention strategies. Issues of depression, abuse, homelessness, bullying, substance abuse, trauma, and gender identity are explored through the stories of five relatable teens. Each character finds a path to help, healing, and hope and provides viewers with inspiration to do the same.

Join the Cook Center for Human Connection and Wonder Media in this session to learn about the engaging and interactive school-based curriculum that is available to support and expand on the animated web series. The films and the curriculum are available at no cost in order to be accessible to all who need it.

Available for one-hour of PD credit.*

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