Parents and Guardians, please plan to join us for this very important Parent Education program on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. RSVP through EVENTBRITE at https://tinyurl.com/elyssa1018:
“Recognizing When Your Tween/Teen Needs Help & What You Can Do as a Parent”
The program facilitator will be Jodie Segal, MSW, Director of Education at Elyssa’s Mission®. She has extensive experience in suicide prevention education, and she will share what parents can do to both recognize signs of depression and begin discussions on this difficult topic. This 1-hour presentation for parents will cover:
- Important risk factors and warning signs for suicide.
- How parents can talk to their child about depression and suicide, as well as where to find help when needed.
- A brief overview of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program will be further provided. This prevention program will be used by DWJHS staff to educate and screen our 6th-8th grade students.
- There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
While suicide is a difficult topic to discuss, statistics show it is becoming a growing epidemic that impacts our youth.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24 years old.
- Middle school students are dying more by suicide than automobile accidents.
- As parents, being able to identify the signs of depression & suicide is an important skill in helping our children and their peers.
- Learn more about the work of Elyssa’s Mission®, which provides resources to help prevent teen suicide at www.elyssasmission.org.
- Stevenson High School is also launching the SOS program this year, and you can read more about it on the SHS website and in this Chicago Tribune online article.