Mental Health Community Holds Meeting on Teen Suicide

Several in the mental health community are pulling together to host a town hall discussion on the rise in suicide among Loudoun teens.

The town hall is planned for 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, at John Champe High School, 41535 Sacred Mountain St. in Aldie.

The program will provide resources for parents, students and other community members. Jeff Jackson, a licensed marriage and family therapist, will give a presentation on the teen brain and indicators of risk. Neil McNerney, a licensed professional counselor with The Wellness Connection and a Loudoun County parent, will speak about how parents can support their children during the loss of a classmate, as well as how to talk to teens about safety issues.

The event is planned in collaboration with Loudoun Youth Inc., The Wellness Connection and the staff of John Champe High School. Other groups scheduled to participate are: Dominion Center for Behavioral Health Services, Insight into Action, North Spring Hospital, Loudoun County Mental Health Services, and Friends of Loudoun Mental Health.

Loudoun County Public Schools recently launched a program at every public middle and high school designed to arm students with the know-how to recognize and respond to signs of suicidal behavior among their friends. So far this school year, four Loudoun public school teens have taken their own lives, according to the school system.

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