Willowbrooke at Floyd has organized free community educational event in Floyd County in September to help parents, teachers and families learn more about recognizing the warning signs of adolescent suicide and where to get help.
“Our biggest hopes for anyone who attends is for them to feel empowered, to know what to look for, how to address the identified needs in the moment and where they can find professional help and intervention,” said Debra Price, a counselor and one of the panelists.
Participants will watch the trailer for “13 Reasons Why,” followed by a roundtable discussion led by counselors and therapists who have worked closely with teens and adolescents and have first-hand experience in treating young people who have suicidal thoughts.
The streaming service Netflix carries the series “13 Reasons Why” and follows teenager Clay Jensen as he tries to understand why his friend and classmate, Hannah Baker, committed suicide. The series has been a popular topic of conversation.
Price said “13 Reason’s Why” has sparked a positive dialogue on teen suicide.
“However, we need to make sure the dialogue is healthy. Suicide should not be glamorized or made to appear valiant in any way,” Price said. “Many people have no idea the second-leading cause of death in adolescents/young adulthoods is suicide.”
The event in Rome will take place Monday, Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Warehouse: West Rome Baptist Church, 914 Shorter Ave. NW.
The discussion will feature current regional statistics related to suicide, actual suicide signs and symptoms to watch for, healthy talking points for parents, teachers, teens and peers and a question-and-answer session with the panel.
The roundtable discussions are free and dinner will be provided, but registration is required. Visit www.floyd.org/willowbrooke to register. For more information, contact Dan Bevels with Floyd Medical Center Public Relations at 706-509-3242.
Willowbrooke at Floyd is a free-standing, acute care behavioral health facility operated through a partnership between Floyd Medical Center and Willowbrooke at Tanner. It provides outpatient and inpatient treatment for children, teens and adults.
Price said local churches, youth pastors and small groups in middle schools and high schools have shown interest in the events.
“Leaders are desperate to know what to say, how to say it, and what they can do to help address the need,” she said.