Save the Teens

Preventing suicide, depression and addiction
In conjunction with The Shore Grief Center

About Save the Teens

Carolyn Zahnow lost her son and only child, Cameron Stephenson, in 2005 to the demons that occupied his mind. Her hope is that by sharing her story and experiences other parents, teachers, mentors of teens, and teens themselves, will become more aware of the signs and symptoms of teen depression and substance abuse and then know what to do about it.

Do not become one of the parents who attend survivor of suicide support groups who whisper .....

                      "If only I'd seen the signs."

The mission of saving teens started before the book was published. In 2009 Carolyn began speaking about depression and teens while a member of Toastmasters in Raleigh. Once she achieved "Competent Speaker" level, she was ready to reach out to parents and other adults about how to save our teens.

In 2011 in order to help teens who might have experienced a death of a loved one, Save the Teens Grief Support Groups were established. First they were started in Franklin County Schools and then at The Shore Grief Center. If you know a teen who is troubled by a recent death (or past death), attending a grief support group will probably help them tremendously.

Self Portrait - Cameron Stephenson


Speaker Available!

The Signs of Teen Depression and Substance Abuse - for Adults

Carolyn Zahnow shares her experiences with her son before, during and after his death on August 11, 2005. She learned much about teen depression and substance abuse while living with Cameron but even more after his death. Her hope to prevent another suicide by teaching you the signs!

Teen Depression and How to Help Your Friends - for Teens

Carolyn also has a presentation for teens. It contains more straight forward, honest information. Teens need to understand that it's better to share information with an adult about a troubled friend and have them mad at them than to have to attend their friend's funeral.

Brochures are provided at each presentation; one for parents and one for teens. 

Books will be available for sale at each presentation. Or they can be included as a whole package.

Contact Carolyn for a speaking date. Or complete the form below. Let's save the teens! 

Speaking references are available. 

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