Our Children’s Mental Health and Jason Reid’s Mission to End Teen Suicide

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I think we can all agree that when we were kids, things were much different than they are today. Most of us probably spent our days racing our bikes, building forts, and chasing frogs around the pond.

The fact is, our kids are growing up in the middle of a raging mental health crisis. It’s no wonder why anxiety and depression are on the rise among teenagers with all the pressure to succeed or be popular with unrealistic expectations fueled by social media, or worse, by their parents.

I’m thrilled to have Jason Reid with me today for another conversation on this important topic. Jason is a partner at CEO Coaching International, where he coaches top executives on achieving success. Tragically, after losing his 14-year-old son to suicide in 2018, Jason’s focus shifted to helping other families navigate the complex world of mental health.

He founded TellMyStory.org, a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers parents to support their children through mental health challenges. Jason’s mission is nothing short of inspiring – to end teen suicide by 2030.

In our conversation, you’ll learn:

  • The telltale signs that your child is grappling with depression and anxiety.
  • Parenting strategies for helping kids deal with their mental health struggles.
  • Why institutions are dropping the ball when it comes to tackling the mental health crisis.

Here are my favorite moments from our conversation:

  • How the media is exacerbating our kids’ insecurities.
  • The tragedy that transformed Jason into a leading mental health advocate.
  • Empowering our kids to become “mental health athletes.”
  • What kids wish their parents knew about their struggles.
  • The dangers of employing authoritarian tactics on your kids.
  • How to talk to your children so they feel understood and safe to be vulnerable.
  • How to tell if your child is going through a mental health crisis – and what to do about it.
“When it comes to mental health, you need to own your kids' mental health the way you own their physical health because no one else is going to do it for you.” - Jason Reid Share on X “We are in the largest mental health crisis of our time, lives, and history. Not just in the US but across the world., and we’re losing. Not because we’re bad people, we’re losing because there are not enough people to help our kids.” -… Share on X “When someone opens up to you about their mental health, tell them, ‘I’m not here to fix you. I’m just here to listen’. They don’t want to be fixed, they just want someone to talk to.” - Jason Reid Share on X

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Jason Reid Bio

Jason ReidJason Reid has been happily married for 30 years and is a father of 3 kids. He is a partner at CEO International, where he coaches CEOs on how to be successful. He co-founded National Services Group, which employs 2500 people across three brands nationwide. He is a leader, entrepreneur, and family man.

Following the suicide of his 14-year-old son in 2018, Jason started the foundation TellMyStory.org, a nonprofit organization built to educate and empower parents by sharing the best and latest resources they need to identify and understand how to support their children’s mental health struggles. The foundation also helps generate awareness through powerful media projects that compel parents and kids to share their stories.

With his newest film, ‘What I Wish My Parents Knew,’ Jason is starting a campaign in schools nationwide, offering educators and parents free tools and resources to support their children and students’ mental health. His mission? Preventing other families from going through this unimaginable experience and kick-starting the conversation around mental health at home, between parent and child.

Jason has shared his experience in two TEDx talks, the documentary film Tell My Story and Tell My Story’s other educational programs.

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