When It's More Than Sad...

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One of the largest concerns of Island parents is how to help their children cope with the almost epidemic issues of anxiety, stress, and depression. As the teen years hit, it’s hard to tell what is normal adolescent behavior—and when it has become something much more serious.

With years of experience in mental health, suicide prevention, and program development, University of Washington’s Sue Eastgard and Kevin Haggerty will help all parents understand and recognize the emotional issues our teens face, their sometimes destructive coping mechanisms, and ways we can support them through these tumultuous years, both as parents and as a wider community. 

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Kevin Haggerty

Untitled-2Dr. Kevin Haggerty is the director of the Social Development Research Group, University of Washington, School of Social Work.


He is a principal investigator on a variety of projects, including Utah Communities That Care Training program, Staying Connected with Your Teen, Focus on Families and a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study on Family Connections.


He is an investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, which tests the effectiveness of the Communities That Care program.


Kevin specializes in prevention programs at the community, school and family level. For more than 25 years, he has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities and schools can better identify, assess and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs.


An expert on substance abuse and delinquency prevention, Dr. Haggerty speaks, conducts trainings, and writes extensively on this field.

Sue Eastgard

SueSue Eastgard is a nationally recognized expert in the field of suicide prevention.


She has worked on mental health issues for 30+ years as a clinician, manager and director of crisis services and suicide prevention efforts.


She is currently working as the Director of Training for Forefront, a suicide prevention education and research program based at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.


Sue is also the Chair of the King County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Ms. Eastgard founded the Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State in 1999 and served as its director until June 2011.


Prior to that, she served as the executive director for the Seattle-King County Crisis Clinic for 3½ years. She was the President of the American Association of Suicidology in 2002.


Sue holds a masters degree in social work from the University of Washington. She is a Master Trainer of ASIST and SafeTALK, suicide first aid training programs.