Carolyn Zahnow

Carolyn Zahnow

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.

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Save the Teens: Preventing suicide



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  • Green Hope High School PTA, Cary NC
  • Martin Middle School PTA, Raleigh NC
  • Dillard Drive Middle School PTA, Cary NC
  • Wake County Library at Cameron Village, Raleigh NC
  • Northern Raleigh Regional Library, Raleigh NC
  • Flower Mound Public Library, Flower Mound TX
  • Touched by Suicide support group, Flower Mound TX
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Flower Mound TX
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) State Conference, Raleigh NC
  • Wake Tech Community College - Health Services, Raleigh NC
  • iMom meetings, Cary NC
  • Franklin Academy Charter School, Wake Forest NC
  • East Wake High School, Knightdale NC
  • Cary High School, Cary, NC
  • Jordan High School, Durham NC
  • Faison Community Center, Faison NC
  • Compassionate Friends, Raleigh NC
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