Next Steps in Preventing Suicide in Teenagers and Young Adults
October 7, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Ginny Dennehy is co-founder, with her husband Kerry, and President of The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, www.thekeltyfoundation.org. They talk about their lives and experience with family caregiving. They explain the Foundation’s work and their work for it. They describe the greatest challenges that arise in efforts to prevent suicide in teenagers and young adults. They discuss the progress so far in dealing with the challenges and identify the gaps that remain. They highlight the next steps they see for the medical and healthcare systems, schools and higher education, and the justice system in dealing with the challenges, and for helping family caregivers with the challenges. They say what more they would like to do and see done for the next steps in dealing with the challenges that arise in preventing suicide in teenagers and young adults. Recognizing that depression can be a signal of various mental illnesses, the share their messages for parents of children who seem depressed.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.