Carolyn Zahnow has taken her experience of losing her son to suicide in 2005 into a learning opportunity for other parents, teachers, grandparents, and anyone who knows and cares about teenagers to learn the signs of teen depression and substance abuse.
Her goal is teach parents these signs in an effort to get teens the help they need before anything tragic happens to more families. She offers ways to reconnect with your teens if you feel like they don't talk to you anymore. If you're waiting for them to just grow out of it you'll be waiting until they are about 25 years old. It's best to be alert for the signs of depression and provide help now if they need it.
Carolyn is also the founder and facilitator of the Wake Forest Survivors of Suicide support group. The group holds a depression and suicide awareness walk in the fall. The support groups meets once a month.
She has shared her story of survival of teen depression and loss of her son (her only child) to various groups.