Loudoun Parents Invited to Suicide Prevention Seminar

Loudoun public schools’ top psychologists, social workers, and counselors are putting on a suicide prevention seminar for parents Thursday, Feb. 2.

The seminar is a response to the rise in local young people losing their lives to suicide. It is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Broad Run High School, 21670 Ashburn Road in Ashburn.

Dr. Heather Applegate, supervisor of the school system’s Diagnostic and Prevention Services, and Dr. Christy Esposito-Smythers, youth suicide expert and associate professor of psychology at George Mason University, will share research-based principles of suicide prevention, including providing specific guidance for parents, as well as reviewing Loudoun County Public Schools suicide prevention strategies and procedures.

The program will cover risk factors and warning signs, protective factors, strategies for identifying therapists who specialize in treating youth with suicidal ideation, and best practices to manage students with suicidal ideation.

Those interested in attending are asked to register by calling 571-252-6540 or going to this link.

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