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MESSAGE FROM YOUR PTSA - Important Meeting Recap

posted Nov 15, 2018, 5:25 AM by Web Admin

Wow.  Last night’s PTSA presentation on suicide prevention among adolescents provided our members with critical information on this life-or-death issue challenging our community.  Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among children in middle school?  And even worse, it is on the rise.  As we have recently felt in our own community, the impact of teen suicide is devastating.  The good news to take away from last night's meeting is that youth suicide can be prevented with appropriate recognition and intervention.

Child psychologist Rebecca Resnick offered practical information on recognizing signs of suicidal risk, how to respond to protect and keep children safe, and how to talk to your children about suicide risk and prevention.  School psychologist Cheree Price explained the proactive steps that North Bethesda and MCPS are taking to openly address this health crisis, including the Signs of Suicide (“SOS”) suicide prevention program that will soon to be presented to all staff and students. 

For those who were unable to attend last night’s PTSA meeting, please find attached Dr. Resnick’s handout, “Surviving Anxiety:  Protecting our Teens in an Age of Distress.”  As those in attendance will attest, the presentation last night was outstanding.  A huge thank you to Dr. Resnick and Mrs. Price. 

The PTSA works for YOU!  Your PTSA meetings offer more than updates on PTSA events – we work to include topical and worthwhile presentations on the issues that are most relevant and important to our members and the NBMS community.  We hope you will join us!  As always, we welcome and invite your feedback.  

Web Admin,
Nov 15, 2018, 5:25 AM