Dr. Kelly Greco joins us from USC to talk about substance and alcohol abuse and how to find resources on campus. Great tips and information for parents. Suicide Prevention is the topic on the Proposition 63 Mental Health Services Action Segment with Jennifer Whitney. Eduardo Vega shares his personal views about attempting suicide and Dr. David Pating talks about the realities of suicide and suicide attempts and how to detect possible problems and get help.
- Dr Kelly Grecko
- Eduardo Vega and Dr. David Pating on Suicide.
- Dr. Kelly Grecko- USC licensed psychologist at the student counseling center
- MHSA commissioners- Eduardo Vega and David Pating- suicide survival and how the family deals with it
- Been at USC for the past 7 years as a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist. Has worked at a variety of other setting in mental illness. Reach out to campus community to decrease the stigma of mental health. Education is necessary for the new students that are going through a lot of new experiences. Wants to engage the audience with humor or communication.
- Substance abuse on campus through social media- the approach to the students has changed. Confidentiality is very important.
- “First Break”- The stress-objective. How the person reacts to what is going on around them. Not feeling connected to campus, roommate challenges, sleeping, eating, and romantic relationships. Some use same coping skills as they used in high school. The first year is a learning process through the consequences of ones experiences.
- What can parents do to help? The parent knows the child the best. Pay attentions. Are habits changing? Eating less? Sleeping more? Not getting excited about things they used to be excited about.
- Having an open conversation can be the best way to approach an issue
- Parents need to take control of their own anxiety. Parents need their own support system. Otherwise, it can turn into a viscous cycle.
- Social media- recently on campus issues. Safety is always an issue. Have a safety plan. Reach out to the campus community, so everyone can be aware of what is going on.
- If you see someone that seems to need help, reach out! It is better to have an uncomfortable moment than to have it end badly
- Tips to parents: Ask your child, what can I do to support you? Don’t assume you know what to do. What am I doing that is helpful/not helpful?
Segment 3 – Action Segment from San Francisco
- Eduardo Vega- Executive Director of Mental Health Association San Francisco
- Dr David Pating-Chief of Adiction Medicine, Kaiser San Francisco
- Suicide prevention goes along with eliminating the stigma of suicide
- San Francisco has seen an increase in suicides lately, mostly younger and older adults.
- Younger adults tend to be more impulsive in their attempts. Older adults tend to be economically involved, including loss of job, loss of family, etc.
- Good education and successful broad anti stigma efforts can help tremendously in reducing suicide rates.
- There is a lot of fear that bringing up the subject might bring people to committing suicide. There are a lot of negative messages, but the system works to change these ideas.
- 50% of suicides involve alcohol, 20% involve cocaine.
- The goal is to reduce stigma and help make people feel more comfortable to talk about how they are feeling.
- There is a misconception that talking to high schools about suicide will actually encourage the kids to commit suicide. Talking about it actually REDUCES suicide. It makes a difference.
- 1-273-TALK. Call center in your area. For anyone who needs someone to talk to. Special lines for active military personnel.