Speaker Series: Depression, Anxiety, & Suicide

Speaker Series: Depression, Anxiety, & Suicide

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 20 percent of all teens between the ages of 13 and 18 have or will havea serious mental illness. This includes mood, behavior and anxiety disorders. The statisticsfor teens in the church are no different. Sadly, suicide is the number one cause of death in children ages 15-19 in Howard County, and recent statistics show that pre-teen suicide is on the rise. Approximately 1 million people are affected by suicide and its ripple effectsevery year. These statistics are staggering and we can feel powerless to help.

Come engage in a candid conversation to gain insight and learn helpful ways to intervene. This workshop benefits teens, parents, caregivers, leaders, and the church community.

Topics include:
• Mental health vs mental illness
• Common mental disorders in teens
• The teen brain
• Teen behaviors – what’s normal?
• Anxiety, Depression and Suicide
• Warning signs
• What to do as a teen, parent, support system
• Church Resources

Date: May 19, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:30P
Speakers: Jennifer VanBlarcom and Amy L. Miller

Jennifer VanBlarcom, Director of Training, Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health, began her career in healthcare as an RN working in hospitals in the DC area. Eventually, she got into sales then leadership training and consulting. In her role as Director of Training, Jennifer works with many experts, providers, policymakers, advocates, and community activists, to empower and expand the voice of the family for the best outcomes for children in the state of Maryland. Jennifer has personally navigated many of the systems of care for children with behavioral issues in Howard County including the educational system, the juvenile justice system and the community hospital.


Amy L. Miller, LCSW-C, Mobile Crisis Team Lead Clinician is a clinical social worker who has been practicing in the mental health field for approximately 17 years. She also provides suicide prevention education in the community and has spoken about MCTs collaboration with the Howard County Public School System at the both the 50th and 51st Annual American Association of Suicidology Conference.