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RUMSON: STRAIGHT TALK ON TEEN SUICIDES

JrLeagueFrom left: Horizons executive director Lori Hohenleitner, Dr. Stacy Doumas, Therapist Alicia Zink, Red Bank Regional SOURCE clinical supervisor Stacy Liss, and Junior League of Monmouth County president Deborah Patrone are pictured at a recent JLMC forum on teen suicide prevention. 

Press release from Junior League of Monmouth County

“For those of you who feel fortunate not to have experienced suicide in your communities, schools or families, I just want to say: it is not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” Stacy Liss told an audience seeking resources and information on preventing youth suicide.

The subject of youth suicide is a very emotional and difficult one to broach publicly. Noting the recent spike in the Monmouth County youth suicide rate — currently the highest in New Jersey; tied with Bergen County with 23 out of 234 in 2011 — the local chapter of the Junior League decided to address the often “hushed” issue during Suicide Prevention Month in a special community forum held on Friday, September 25.

A group of panelists — including Ms. Liss, clinical supervisor for The SOURCE program at Red Bank Regional High School — shared experiences, best practices and resources with their audience to better understand the signs and symptoms of suicide, as well as responses that included school intervention.

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RUMSON: ADDRESSING TEEN SUICIDES

A forum on the problem (and prevention) of teenage suicide will be hosted at the Rumson headquarters of the Junior League of Monmouth County, on Friday, September 26.

Press release from Junior League of Monmouth County

According to the local chapter of the Junior League, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year-olds, as well as the sixth leading cause of death for 5 to 14 year-olds — and Monmouth County has the highest suicide rate in New Jersey.

On the morning of Friday,  September 26, the Junior League of Monmouth County will host a free public-welcome forum on Teen Suicide Prevention at the organization’s headquarters, 55 Center Street in Rumson. Scheduled to run between 9:30 and 11 am, the discussion will feature the contributions of a trio of guest experts —  Stacy Doumas, MD, a Psychologist at Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Stacy Liss, LSCW, Head Clinician at Red Bank Regional High School’s SOURCE program; and therapist Alicia Zink, LCSW.

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STARTING LINE FOR GIRLS ON THE RUN 5k

gotrsv_logoOn Sunday, June 8, the Junior League of Monmouth County will present their first annual Girls on the Run 5K event in Fair Haven, as part of what’s being described as a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in grades 3 through 8.

Scheduled to commence 9:30 am at Fair Haven Fields on Dartmouth Avenue, the event begins with 8 am packet pickup and registration, and runs a USATF Certified course with two water stops along the way, as well at the finish. Awards will be given out to first, second and third place winners in the various age categories.

The race is the “celebratory” culmination of a ten-week Spring 2014 Girls on the Run program that began on March 24, and is designed “to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.”

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CELEBRATING GIRL POWER, IN LITTLE SILVER

girls_on_the_runOn Wednesday evening, April 9, the Little Silver Woman’s Club (111 Church Street) will be the setting for “an inspirational evening,” as the Junior League of Monmouth County hosts a discussion with Molly Barker, founder of the non-profit organization Girls on the Run.

During the 7:30 pm presentation, “Barker will share the powerful message that the only limitations to the achievement of self-worth, contentment, and joy are those we place on ourselves: We must be the change for the change we wish to occur. Barker’s story motivates volunteers, parents and community organizers to innovatively break free of the same-old, same-old; encourages college students to celebrate their gifts, honor their voices, and activate their power in the awaiting world; and gives women and girls the tools to break free from the negative, limiting talk, both internally and externally, and to joyfully and boldly pursue their dreams.”

A transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in grades 3 through 8, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The 10 week long program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event, scheduled for June 8 in the Red Bank area. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

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