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Schools, Prevention Groups Unite to Address Adolescent Depression, Suicide
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Schools, Prevention Groups Unite to Address Adolescent Depression, Suicide

Several groups hope to shed more light on teen depression and suicide in an effort to offer parents more support.

"Out of the Darkness: A Parent Forum on Adolescent Depression and Suicide Awareness" will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Alden High School, 13190 Park St.

The event will provide parents with information about adolescent depression and suicide, including risk factors, warning signs and supports. Tips on how to talk to family members and where to get help, if needed, will also be shared.

Included in the program will be a:

  • Resource fair from 6:30 to 7 p.m.: Displays and representatives from community service agencies and youth programs that provide assistance and support to families and promote positive mental health and wellness for children and teens.
  • Panel discussion from 7 to 8 p.m.: Including Eric Weaver, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Phil and Linda Chearmonte, parent survivors; Lynda Battaglia, LCSW-Office of Mental Health; and Moderator: Laura Lewis, PH.D., LCSW, University at Buffalo School of Social Work.
  • Question-and-answer session from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

The program will be hosted by the Alden Central School District in cooperation with Akron, Depew, East Aurora, Holland, Iroquois and Lancaster Central school districts, and in partnership with the University at Buffalo, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the New York State Office of Mental Health. It is free and open to the public, but it will be geared toward an adult audience, and childcare will not be available.

For more information, call Anne Monin, director of the Lancaster Family Support Center, at 686-3806.

 

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