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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"Not My Kid:" What every parent should know about youth suicide prevention.

At tonight's Board of Education meeting, RHS principal Jack Lorenz and the District's Crisis Intervention Counselors, Kevin Feeley and Lauren DePinto, talked about how the school has been handling the recent suicide of RHS graduate Tyler Clementi, as well as the suicide last summer of Caitlin Alvaro and the death last winter of Eddie Mulhare. Wow, when I list those three names together and realize what our community has gone through over the past year, it's sobering. It hurts. It's been a rough year for our young people, especially. For parents, we struggle with how to feed that basic human need to make sense of such tragedy, and we struggle even harder to inform, comfort and protect our children.

One program should help, if you're interested:

“Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know About Youth Suicide Prevention”

THIS Wednesday, October 6, 7:30 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Middle School Auditorium, 335 North Van Dien Avenue.

According to an email from Dr. Fishbein, Parents, staff and adult community members are invited to this important presentation, given by Scott Fritz and Maureen Underwood of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide. Scott Fritz is a father who lost a child to suicide, and a founder of the society. Maureen Underwood is a clinical social worker and nationally recognized expert in youth suicide prevention. This presentation is for adults only and will include an opportunity for questions.

For those who can't make it on short notice, the presentation will be taped and will be broadcast later on Cablevision Channel 77 and on the District website.

For more information contact Dr. Fishbein’s office at (201) 670-2700, ext. 10530. Information about the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide can be found at www.sptsnj.org.

In the meantime, hang on and take care.

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