Resilience Series will address suicide awareness and prevention

By on May 2, 2018

Stories of suicide victims have frequented headlines, even in the small town of Lititz, and news travels fast on the internet.

The real focus will be on the survivors of suicide at the next Resilience Series event, “Suicide Awareness and Prevention,” at the Warwick Middle School on Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided and refreshments will be served, with student music starting at 6:15 p.m. The Resilience Team was created in hopes to relieve the community and aid in this effort. This public event will address the signs and mental health needs of the community, with a focus on the topic of suicide.

Warwick students (left to right) Kayla Ketchum, Bailey Flemming, and Mickayla Harris, will be presenting at the Warwick Resilience event, “Suicide Awareness and Prevention” on May 10.

“Mental health needs of the community have increased,” says Melanie Calender Ed.D., assistant superintendent. “The Lititz community exhausts its resources to provide support with timeliness and promptness.” The Resilience Series: Suicide Awareness and Prevention event will reveal statistics and data acquired through the Teen Hope program. The talk will expand the five signs of mental health and explain that suicide can span all seasons of life.

Videos will express the emotional burdens faced by survivors of suicide. The videos will contain sensitive emotional content with local parent survivors expressing their feelings. Student speakers will talk about the influences of social media and what influences suicide and the change of direction. Last year’s Resilience Series hosted over 400 guests who learned about mental health issues and awareness. Many resources will be available for free to the public at the event, including information tables. Help will be available at the event for anyone who has immediate mental health needs.

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