LSNHS to host informational night featuring American Foundation for Suicide Prevention speakers

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Jan. 16 event is open to the community

Lee’s Summit North High School will host an information night for parents and community members focusing on suicide prevention, scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, at the school, 901 NE Douglas St. Speakers from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will present two programs: “More Than Sad” and “Talk Saves Lives.” Parents, community members and young adults are all invited to this event.

“More Than Sad” has helped more than 1 million students and educators learn how to be smart about mental health. The program teaches high-school students how to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others, challenges the stigma surrounding depression and demystifies the treatment process. Parents will learn how to recognize signs of depression and other mental-health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child and how to get help. “More Than Sad” teaches educators to recognize signs of mental-health distress in students and refer them for help.

“Talk Saves Lives” is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, research on prevention and what individuals can do to fight suicide. Also included are the warning signs of suicide and how we can work together to prevent it.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the LSNHS Elliott Lecture Hall with a brief introduction and complimentary pizza. Please enter through the north doors on the Tudor Road side of the school.

Anyone in crisis is encouraged to call the National Suicide Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, 1-800-273-8255 or text ‘GO’ to 741-741.

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