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Suicide prevention program slated June 24 in Weissport

Published June 06. 2013 05:04PM

Behavioral Health Associates addresses high-risk children and suicide prevention with a special presentation on Monday, June 24, from 6-9 p.m. at 413 Bridge Street, Weissport.

This is a FREE presentation that qualifies for Act 48 credits. It is open to the public but it is recommended that you reserve seating.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24.

A government report states that 3 million American teenagers thought seriously about suicide and about 1 million attempted it. That same report adds that only 36 percent of teens have received treatment or counseling.

Dr. Helene Katz, a licensed staff psychologist with Behavioral Health Associates and key organizer of BHA's county-wide anti-bullying and suicide prevention initiative, will provide information including statistics and factors related to suicidal ideation, attempts, and completion; warning signs; risk factors, and protective factors for depression and suicide.

Dr. Katz will provide vital information that will assist in: identifying and supporting those at risk; clarifying assumptions about depression and suicide; and reviewing management and treatment of patients who are suicidal or at a high risk for suicide.

A brief question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Seating is very limited. To reserve your seat call Betsy Arner at Behavioral Health Associates at (610) 379-0067 weekdays between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Behavioral Health Associates is a non-profit health care foundation based in the greater Lehighton area.

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