Response to recent teen suicides
Youth Eastside Services (YES) is hosting a Youth Suicide Prevention Forum on Wednesday July 25th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The forum is in response to several youth suicides in Kirkland over the past year and will take place at Kirkland City Hall’s Peter Kirk Room, 123 5th Avenue.
“Research has shown that kids who attempt suicide are in intense emotional pain, and most just need someone to recognize and respond to that,” explains Debbi Halela, director of youth and family counseling services at YES. The forum will help parents and those who work with youth identify common signs and take steps to prevent another tragedy.
Halela also acknowledged that many youth are still working through their grief over the loss of a classmate, and that the potential for copycat actions exists. “Our goal is to shed some light on this little-talked-about issue and provide people some tools and resources in advance of the upcoming school year,” explains Halela.
The Forum is free of charge and open to parents from any community. It will last approximately 90 minutes, with time for questions. For more information, contact YES at 425.747.4937 or info@YouthEastsideServices.org.
YES is a leading provider of counseling and substance abuse services for youth on the Eastside, offering counseling, treatment, education and prevention services to help youth become healthy, confident and self-reliant and families to be strong, supportive and loving.