Plainfield School District 202 will host a special free program about how families can be more aware of teen suicide and mental health.
The District 202 Plainfield Parent Community Network will present the program at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the auditorium of Plainfield South High School, 7800 W. Caton Farm Road, according to a news release. Doors will open and community resources will be available at 6 p.m.
The program is intended for parents of students of all ages, caregivers, family members, teachers and educational staff, social workers, nurses, mental health providers, and counselors.
“It is vitally important that adults understand the social pressures that continue to confront our children and learn how we can help our kids safely navigate the world around them,” said Tim Albores, District 202’s director for high school student services.
The event features guest speakers Jodie Segal, director of education for Elyssa’s Mission, a foundation focused on suicide prevention, and suicide prevention educator Kelsey Hoeper.
They will address topics such as risk and protective factors against suicide, warning signs, common myths, how to talk to children about suicide, where to get help and a brief overview of a program called Signs of Suicide.
The PPCN will present the program in English and Spanish and will have child care available. It will be recorded and linked on the PPCN website, PlainfieldParentCommunityNetwork.org, where there is also more information about the group and its programs.