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updated: 10/8/2012 10:33 AM

D15 parent education night to address suicide prevention

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Tim Waldorf

Parents of seventh- and eighth-grade students will receive information on suicide prevention during the District's next Parent Education Night, which will be held Wednesday, October 24, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Walter R. Sundling Junior High, 1100 N. Smith Street, Palatine.

Titled "Keeping Your Teen Safe: The Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program," the evening's presentation will offer parents practical advice from the SOS program. SOS is a school-based suicide prevention program listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that addresses suicide risk and depression while reducing suicide attempts.

District's 15's Social Work Services and its Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (B-PAC), as well as staff members from area mental health agencies, will deliver this presentation, which will be translated into Spanish.

Refreshments will be served, supervision will be provided for children age 3 and older, and transportation to this meeting will be offered from the following locations:

Edgebrook Community Center (also known as la escuelita in Green Lane apartments), 1926 Green Lane North, Palatine

Police Neighborhood Resource Center, 2272 Algonquin Parkway, Rolling Meadows

Palatine Opportunity Center, 1585 N. Rand Road, Palatine

Buses will load at 6:30 p.m., leave promptly at 6:45 p.m., and return at 8:30 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P. to Lady Gil, second language facilitator, at 847-963-3129 or if you plan to attend and need childcare.

For more information, contact Paul Budin, District 15's coordinator of social workers, at or 847-963-3159.

-Story Submitted by Community Consolidated School District 15