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Reducing Suicide Risk with Safety Plans

A safety plan is something a therapist uses when a child or teen expresses thoughts of suicide, self-harm, or harming others. Since September is Suicide Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight the excellent resources that the Child Mind Institute offers for determining when a safety plan is needed, how to develop one, who’s part of…

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September Newsletter

Suicide Prevention Month September is Suicide Prevention Month. The Yale Youth Ministry Institute offers a wealth of resources for youth leaders, parents and others to support the young people in their lives who may be suffering and at risk. You can train your team on how to support the mental health of youth here. The…

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August Newsletter

“So… the fall is coming. What do I do now??”As you look towards this coming calendar year, what are the steps you can take to ensure a proactively thoughtful, thriving, faith-filled offering for your youth? We are here to help! See YMI Director Jill Old’s message below to get started.     2022 Upcoming Events…

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October 2022

Talking about Sex, Tech, and Faith with Teens

October 5, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event
Digital innovation has rapidly changed the landscape of sexual experience in the twenty-first century. Moral mandates, uncomfortable avoidance, or simple silence by faith communities on these issues leave teens ill equipped to bring their faith values to sexual and digital decision-making. This event will provide a nuanced approach that prioritizes honesty and discernment over fear and judgment. In addition to raising participants digital and sexual literacy, faith leaders/youth ministers will be resourced with curricular practices that draw on core values of the Christian tradition to help teens develop a just and flourishing sexuality in the digital age.

November 2022

Creating Communities of Belonging for Youth With and Without Disabilities

November 2, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event
Many faith communities still struggle to welcome and weave youth with disabilities into the ministries and relationships that make up the life of their congregation. Yet we are called to be communities without asterisks. Dr. Carter will share a powerful framework for reflecting upon and fostering belonging within youth and other congregational ministries. Together, we will explore the implications of this work on the ways we support youth with disabilities and on the ways we spur our own churches to be more inclusive and welcoming.
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