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Your Healthy Family: Entire community must work together in fight against youth suicide

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young people are the most susceptible to suicide contagion and the response must include more than just the schools. young people are the most susceptible to suicide contagion and the response must include more than just the schools.
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Since of the first of the year in Southern Colorado there have been at least 7 teen suicides.  5 in Pueblo County and 2 El Paso County.

Wednesday night March 1st, Dr. Scott Poland and Mr. Richard Lieberman who is a nationally recognized mental health expert, will be hosting a webinar for DCC and TCA.  The webinar will cover topics like recovery for students and families, suicide prevention, signs of depression, and at-risk behaviors, as well as increasing open conversations with your children and resources and services to support families.

I have been in touch with both men this week and Dr. Poland wanted me to emphasize again, “That young people are the most susceptible to suicide contagion and the response must include more than just the schools.  At the simplest level it takes a village.  The Classical Academy and Academy District 20 schools are partnering with all the stakeholders whether they be clergy, medical, law enforcement, whether they be in the field of psychology or counseling.”  Dr. Poland says that parents and friends are also included in that group.

Richard Lieberman added to Dr. Poland’s comments, referring to District 20 specifically, "The schools have been confronting the issue openly for many months and they have proceeded with great regard to best practices.  Many lives have been saved.  The community however is only beginning to openly fight through the stigma and confront the issue of youth suicide which goes far beyond the schoolyard gates.  As the community struggles to understand and cope as is common in these tragic times, it must resist trying to find blame and explain away a very complex behavior with a simple narrative. Sadly some suicides cannot be prevented but we must stay committed to preventing the next one."

If you have a student at DCC or TCA you should have already received information about the webinar and how to attend at either school or register to view it online.  Space is limited.

Teen suicide is an issues that we here at News5 will continue to work to keep the conversation going on.  You can watch our one hour special “Starting the Conversation” that includes  personal stories, warning signs, risk factors, help resources and more.  

CLICK HERE FOR Teen suicide: Starting the conversation

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