Jeff Yalden

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Jeff Yalden is an expert consultant in the area of mental health and suicide prevention and how it relates to our mental health working with teens, educators, mental health professionals, and school communities.  Jeff works with school communities and speaks at adult conferences, colleges and universities, talking to both students, parents, educators, counselors, mental health professionals, doctors, and psychotherapists about mental health today, the on-line world, and how technology plays a significant role in his theory on suicide.


Jeff Yalden is highly regarded as one of the top mental health speakers in the world.  He is also a leading Suicide Crisis Intervention Expert and Suicide Prevention trainer, having worked with hundreds of school communities in need of crisis support.


He is a four-time Amazon bestselling author, including his recent books, BOOM! One Word to Inspire Action, Deliver Rewards, and Positively Affect Your Life Every Day and Teen Suicide: The WHY Behind Today’s Suicide Epidemic.


His Mental Health & Motivation: The Unlikely Life Coach Podcast attracts thousands of subscribers each month, due in large part to his hard-hitting and from-the-heart approach to motivation, self-improvement and his straight talk to families, teens and those interested in making real changes in their lives. 


Since 1992, Jeff has presented to more than 4000 live audiences in all 50 states, every province in Canada and 49 other countries.  From 2005-2011, Jeff was featured as a celebrity teen and family life coach on MTV’s long-running reality show, MADE, and has appeared in numerous print, radio, and television interviews nationwide, including FOX, CBS, NBC, SPIKETV, A&E, and The Oprah Network. As a celebrity teen and family life coach, Jeff digs deep and gets to the heart of the matter-  helping teens, young adults, families, and communities successfully navigate through life’s everyday struggles and find real solutions to the challenges that come their way. 


He is a Gulf War Veteran and a two-time Marine-of-the-Year recipient, and was Mr. New Hampshire Male America in 1990.  Every year, more than a million people are inspired by Jeff Yalden’s messages, leaving then empowered by the palpable energy he leaves behind after every presentation.  Jeff has a doctorate degree in divinity, a bachelors degree in psychology, and currently is writing the curriculum for the state of Florida certifying Peer Support Professionals and also for the Department of Education in Florida working with The First Lady, Casey DeSantis to write the curriculum for the new HOPE Initiative to bring mental health to Florida's schools.


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I am finishing my 9th year as an administrator in this district and my 19th year as an educator within this district. By far the most impactful person we have brought in during my time. And during a time we needed it most. Thank you.

Dick Keeler, High School Principal, Central Valley Academy, NY

As a veteran teacher, I was very proud of the messages that Jeff gave to our students. His heart touched many of our students and staff hearts and he made an impact. What impressed me the most is that he showed up at the football game and continued his conversations with students parents and staff. What a great human being with a great story who made a difference . Thank you Jeff for taking the time to let us hear your story, keep telling it and keep making a difference!

Julie Prout, Teacher Shepherd High School, MI

As I listened to you speak, I surveyed the room to see the reaction on the student’s faces. Their reactions ranged from laughter to complete amazement. You certainly have a grasp of human behavior and a way of expressing deeper meanings behind such behavior.

M. Wingate, Asst. Principal Keystone Heights HS, Keystone Heights, FL

Mr. Jeff Yalden delivered the most powerful, influential, motivating, and emotional address to our approximate 800 high school students I have witnessed in my eight years of high school teaching. If Jeff paused for a moment, you could hear the sound of silence as everyone was all ears to hear what was next. At the end of his presentation kids were giving him handshakes and hugs with both tears and smiles!

T. Kessler, Teacher S. Burlington HS, S. Burlington, VT