Diana Jimenez-Young Wins Heart of a Champion Award for her Life-long Work to Prevent Teen Suicide

On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Diana Jimenez-Young was awarded “Heart of a Champion” by the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition (AZSPC).  

Diana has dedicated over 10 years to suicide prevention. Since 1996, Diana has worked with Child & Family Resources as a leader in the field of prevention, working with teen parents, children, families and youth, as well as in community mobilization and development. She currently serves as the Program Director of Youth Empowered for Success (YES), a youth leadership development and universal prevention program that mobilizes the power of youth to create conditions for success in schools and communities.

A Tucson native, Diana graduated from Sunnyside High School before attending University of Arizona for a Bachelors degree in Family Studies. She received a Masters degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.

As a suicide credentialed preventionist in the state of Arizona, Diana is also a Master Trainer in the area of suicide intervention and prevention, using the curriculums of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), SafeTALK and QPR since 2006. She is also currently in the process of becoming certified in Psychological Autopsies through the American Association of Suicidology.

“Suicide prevention is not just about saving lives, its’ about creating a community where open dialogue about suicide creates compassion, understanding and safety for those in need of the help.  I am proud to be part of the work!” says Diana.

The AZSPC acknowledges trainers who have demonstrated a personal passion and/or established an organizational commitment to build and/or sustain suicide-safer communities by raising awareness that suicides are preventable and that prevention is a shared responsibility where every person has the potential to make a difference and save a life. The Annual AZSPC Hope Conference was held in Phoenix at the Black Canyon Conference Center on October 18, 2016.  

To learn more about teen suicide prevention programming, visit our Teen page

Diana with Heather Brown, Prevention Administrator at Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care

Diana with Heather Brown, Prevention Administrator at Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care

Corner Office: Mission Update. What does Child & Family Resources do?

What does Child & Family Resources do? A fair question any client or donor might ask. Well, there are a few ways we could talk about our work....

We could easily talk about the programming we provide to families. About how we work in-homes with caregivers to become the best parents they can be—empowering and educating caregivers to nurture positive growth in their own children. We are part of the foundation families build to become healthy and thriving.

Or, we could talk about the 2,200 trainings we offer statewide each year to childcare professionals, the people who play an integral role in the intellectual, physical, and emotional development of our children, which doesn’t even touch on the countless hours of technical assistance we provide to in-home providers and centers. We are part of the toolkit early childhood educators use to make a lasting positive impression on all aspects of a child’s development.

We could wrap up talking about our community-based programming working with teenagers in schools to become healthy teens who make safe choices about risky options like sex, drugs, and alcohol.  We are part of the reason a teen will make a choice today that helps them prepare for tomorrow. 

We do all of those great things, every day. We also do so much more than that.

Looking at the cumulative power of all of our programs, unifying each is a very fundamental mission:

At Child & Family Resources we build strong communities where children can reach their full potential

At Child & Family Resources we build strong communities where children can reach their full potential

We do this by using effective prevention and education strategies with families, teens, and early educators

We are so proud to announce this as our new mission statement. Over the past several months, our Board of Directors, with input from many staff, took time to reflect on the true impact of our work. 

There are so many great programs at Child & Family Resources, we're very happy to have a short and wonderful answer. What does Child & Family Resources do? We build strong communities where children can reach their full potential. 

Eric Schinder, Ph.D.
President and CEO

Since 2005, Dr. Eric Schindler has been the President and Chief Executive Officer  for Child & Family Resources, Inc.  Dr. Schindler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona in 1982. After internship training in child and family psychology at U.C. Davis, and postdoctoral training in pediatric psychology in Chicago, he has spent over 30 years working in Tucson community settings as an administrator, director, teacher and practitioner.  A licensed psychologist since 1984, he also served as an adjunct instructor in Family Studies at the University of Arizona for many years. 

Previously, Dr. Schindler served for nine years as the Director of Clinical Services for La Frontera Center, Inc., a comprehensive community behavioral healthcare organization, where he was also the Director of Training for the APA approved Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium. He maintained a  private practice in psychotherapy for 20 years prior to assuming the leadership of Child & Family Resources.