It Takes a Village: Lessons Learned after the Suicide of a Social Workers' Son
In Partnership with NASW-IL
It Takes a Village to Raise a Child and a Child to Teach a Village: Lessons Learned after the Suicide of a Social Workers' Son
Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CST (10 AM - 11 AM PST)
Speaker: Rafiah Maxie-Cole LCSW, ACSW
Description: Since the COVID pandemic emerged, mental health experts have predicted the emotional and mental stressors created during the pandemic would lead to a rise in suicides. While suicides declined among some ethnic groups, suicides skyrocketed among Black youth and young adults in Chicago (Cook County Medical Examiner Reports, 2021). This 60-minute course will include viewing the documentary, “We Cry Your Tears: The Jamal Clay Story.” The documentary seeks to address the impact of Jamal’s death, cultural stigmas related to suicide, what the “village” that knew him learned because of his death, and what a social worker experienced after the loss of her only son. Participants will be touched, inspired, and moved to address their own beliefs of suicide and ultimately gain insight from a social worker who experienced "the other side of the desk" after the loss of her son.
Virtual Platform: Zoom
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