Stacy was only 16. She was blonde and beautiful, but she was totally confused. You see, Stacy was depressed and in so much internal pain that she cut herself often. Her grandparents did not see the writing on the wall. But how could they know? One night, Stacy was so depressed she called Karen to tell her goodbye. Karen, who had met Stacy four years earlier, when Stacy was 12, begged her to come over to talk. Stacy never made it to Karen's place. She never made it home. Stacy died in a drunk driving accident while drinking and driving with her friends that night. *** Teen depression and suicide are a big deal. As the leading cause of death in teens, it is important to be able to recognize the signs. According to John M.Grohol PSYD the signs are, Have you ever heard someone say two or more of the following? •Life isn’t worth living •My family (or friends or girlfriend/boyfriend) would be better off without me •Next time I’ll take enough pills to do the job right •Take my prized collection or valuables — I don’t need this stuff anymore •Don’t worry, I won’t be around to deal with that •You’ll be sorry when I’m gone •I won’t be in your way much longer •I just can’t deal with everything — life’s too hard •I won’t be a burden much longer •Nobody understands me — nobody feels the way I do •There’s nothing I can do to make it better •I’d be better off dead •I feel like there is no way out •You’d be better off without me With over 35 years of working with teens, fostering 57 children, and experiencing this tragedy first hand, Karen Koziol's program on teen suicide is a must for all parents of and professionals who work with teenagers. Karen teaches audience members - How to recognize the signs of teen depression and suicide in boys and girls - How to approach the subject of depression/suicide with a depressed/suicidal teen - The steps a community can take to reach out to depressed teens - How to talk to teens about tough issues such as divorce, moving, social/relationship troubles, sexuality, grades, etc. -How to teach kids to cope with pain and become more loving. *** For availability and speaking fee call Karen at (209)464-6677.