By Sharon Aron Baron
Parents can learn more about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in children at an online town hall hosted by State Representative Christine Hunschofsky.
“The pandemic and school pressures for our school-aged children have added mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and, in some cases, suicidal thoughts,” said Representative Hunschofsky, who along with the expert in youth suicide prevention Dr Scott Poland, will share local and national resources after its presentation.
Poland, professor and director of the Office of Suicide and Violence Prevention at Nova Southeastern University, will share the signs, risk factors and available resources for mental health, depression, anxiety and suicide.
“Suicide is preventable, and what hinders suicide prevention is our reluctance to talk about it. Talking about it lets the suicidal person know that they are not alone and that help is available, ”said Dr Poland.
The Town Hall is set for Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Participants must register in advance using the following link: HD96SuicidePrevention. If time permits, there may be time for questions after the presentation.
After registering, invitees will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link to join later.
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Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and Editor-in-Chief of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide information, sights and entertainment to the residents of Parkland.