Community Response: Where Did We Drop the Ball
What a tough topic and tough conversation. Davidson LifeLine is not afraid to speak openly and honestly. Our non-profit group was borne in 2012 out of crises surrounding suicide and mental health tragedies. We decided from the very beginning that if we were going to address the issues, we had to say the words. We said suicide. Depression and anxiety, cutting and self-harm and stigma and bullying, we said those words too. And now, as our community is dealing with the reality that indecent photos of young women, self-taken, were placed on a Dropbox site, we cannot be afraid to speak this either. The truth is, sexting is a national issue: 25% of our youth have sent a nude picture; 51% of our girls say they’ve felt pressured to do so. How can we NOT talk about it? Below are some links to the story and some of Davidson LifeLine’s and other experts’ perspectives. We held a Community Response last Thursday night. Over the next weeks and months, we will use this space to talk about the “Calls to Action” from this night—how do we, as parents & family, schools, and community work together to help our children navigate their worlds so complicated by social media. We hope you’ll get involved
WSOC contacted us on Wednesday to do a story before our Community Response. Here it is: Community Plans Talk
Huge thank you to David Boraks for his thoughtful reflection following our Community Response. View it at Sexting and Photo Sharing: How Did We Get Here and What Can We Do. Also, take a look at our social media parenting guide, Be4Me, available at Be4Me
Davidson LifeLine in the News!
Davidson LifeLine was named a Champion of Health by Feelin’ Good Magazine. What an honor! Read all about it at Time to Talk. Thank you, Dee Jetton and staff!
Tough Answers to Uneasy Questions—John Deem, Senior Editor at the Lake Norman Citizen, writes frequently about tough mental health related topics
Also in the News!
Davidson LifeLine’s own Tracy Mattison-Brandon was interviewed by Camille Wilson of Feelin’ Good magazine. Read No Longer Taboo: Hope and Healing are Available
Request From our Friends at the Foundation for Respect Ability
The Foundation for Respect Ability wants to convert bystanders to upstanders. They do such important work with schools around bullying prevention and self-respect. Check out their Foundation for Respect Ability Survey
What a tragedy that 9 students have died at Appalachian State this academic year. App State is responding in a number of ways, including increasing counseling services, but here’s a Positive Response to Tragedies at Appalachian State with Positive Post-It Note Day. What starts as a small project can indeed make a difference. Thank you to Em Solomonson, member of the Davidson LifeLine Student Leadership Team and student at the Community School of Davidson, for this contribution.
From the Academy Awards
Ok, I didn’t see The Imitation Game (though I want to) and I didn’t know who Graham Moore was until Monday morning when a number of you sent me a link to the amazing speech. With tears in my eyes, I wish I could thank Graham Moore myself. His message alone can save lives. Take a look at Graham Moore Thank You and spread the word.
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Training Opportunities—QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer)
QPR training provides three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. The next session of QPR is scheduled for March 12, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Davidson Parks and Rec center.
Sign up! For more information and to register, please click here and look for “QPR” in the program section, or contact Leslie Willis at 704-940-9609 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the training, This training is appropriate for those in high school and older. There is no cost associated.
……We’ve been asked how to make a donation to Davidson LifeLine
If you would like to make a donation to Davidson LifeLine to support our work for 2015, you can send a check to:
PO Box 1329
Davidson, NC 28036
We will provide a receipt to document your donation.
704-444-2400 Carolinas HealthCare System 24-Hour Help Line
The help line, staffed by masters-level mental health professionals and registered nurses, offers crisis intervention 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The staff can also provide assessments for psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment, make referrals to behavioral health specialists and offer information on community behavioral health resources. Whether you’re a family member or struggling yourself, there is someone to help just a phone call away.