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TheDrKey Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key


Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key is an Associate Professor of Human Services and director of the Human Services Undergraduate Program at Old Dominion University. She is trained in recognizing and responding to suicide and in conducting psychological suicide autopsies. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Services with a focus on Social and Community Services. She also holds certificates in global health and college teaching. Her research is geared towards further defining the professional identity of human services practitioners and delineating practice with vulnerable populations. She is also an award winning international speaker, an expert in self-esteem development, adolescent suicide and vulnerable populations. As a published researcher, professor and scholar she has served as an subject matter expert delivering electrifying speeches at conferences, workshops and panel discussions. Dr. Key is known for her ability to provide action-oriented steps and research based strategies to transform and transcend her audience.

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The Importance Of Getting Real With Your Teens About Marijuana And Mental Health

Across the United States, marijuana is increasingly becoming legalized. This legalization is changing how individuals view the intake of marijuana. Currently, 11 states including the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana for 21 and over and 33 states have legalized the medical use. Dispensaries are becoming more common in urban communities. Marijuana is...

4 Ways Facebook's Suicide Prevention Efforts Can Help The Black Community

According to Brandwatch (2019), Facebook has almost 2.3 billion users worldwide. So, their adoption of a suicide prevention plan is a huge deal. Facebook has become the first social media giant to develop a tool to intentionally address the suicide epidemic. Facebook’s suicide prevention efforts includes over 50 resources all over the world that specifically address suicidal...

7 Ways To Support Stressed Youth Before The Going Gets Too Tough

In honor of stress awareness day, it is important to be aware of how and why stress manifests in children. Youth today seem to be under more stress than usual. It is my belief that this is due to the lack of awareness on how stress manifests in youth that may differ from adults. Stress can lead to severe challenges in youth. 3 percent of youth suffer from anxiety and 2.1 percent of...