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Preventing Teen Suicide in a Pandemic of Isolation

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Many teens are still cut off from valuable connections and have been since the pandemic shut down schools. Friends and teachers have been less available. Remote learning has shifted reality pausing clubs, sports and extracurricular activities that gave so many teens added purpose and connection. This new isolation is triggering feelings of anxiety, depression and worse.  

Teen suicide is a growing crisis in America. The CDC reports one in four young adults contemplated suicide during the pandemic. And, suicide consistently ranks as the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 24. What are the warning signs of suicide? And how can potentially at-risk youth be identified with time to intervene? 

Cincinnati Public Radio’s Michael Monks hosts Call to Mind Live: Preventing Teen Suicide in a Pandemic of Isolation, a Well Beings Virtual Tour Event. Through an in-depth panel discussion, Ohio teens and mental health experts share the complexities of teen suicide, warning signs and specific things parents, teachers, and others can do to help.

About the Host

Michael Monks is host of WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition, the station’s daily news and lifestyle talk show. He is also the editor and publisher of The River City News, a daily digital newspaper that he founded in 2011 in Covington, Kentucky. Michael is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and Southern New Hampshire University, with a bachelor’s degree in radio & television and a master’s degree in mass communication. In addition to nearly 20 years in professional local journalism, Michael is also an accomplished theatre actor appearing on Cincinnati’s stages.

About the Panelists

Dr. Courtney Cinko is a board-certified Physician in pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry. She attended medical school at Rush Medical College, before moving to Cincinnati in 2010 for her combined, triple board residency program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cinko is on faculty at Cincinnati Children’s, as an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is Medical Director of the Partial Hospitalization Program.

Her treatment philosophy is: the key to improving children’s mental health is properly assessing and treating the whole child. We often naturally treat their minds and bodies, but it is also vital to treat their relationships and the environments which they are a part of. In order to do the best for a child, that child must be understood in the context of their own world.

James Stallworth is 7th Grade Principal and Hope Squad Advisor at Princeton Community Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is his 23rd year in education, during which he has previously served as a high school mathematics teacher, curriculum writer and National Honor Society Advisor.

James is a native Cincinnatian. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and returned to the area for a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati. 

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About The Tour

The Well Beings Tour is making its way to cities across the country, hosted in partnership with local public media stations to present impactful experiences that connect audiences with mental health resources in the local community, strengthen community connections, and destigmatize mental health challenges. The Tour features moderated public discussions that share information and volunteer opportunities from local community and national organizations. The Tour is fostering new conversations about mental health through these local events — live or virtual, based on local public health conditions.

All Events is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.