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.

The panelists and participants will share experiences and best practices with the goals of better understanding signs and symptoms of depression, why suicidal thoughts are present in young people, risk factors and warning signs, and ways to respond. Discussion topics will also include resources such as school-response intervention.

Red Bank Regional is helping to promote this important event, in collaboration with the JLMC. Due to limited seating capacity, the public is encouraged to RSVP by Wednesday, September 24, to communityjlmc@gmail.com.