Harrisonburg City Public Schools will host a teen suicide prevention program on Thursday

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Harrisonburg City Schools educates students in more than math and reading.

“We’ve been trying for several years to focus on suicide prevention in the fall and September and provide that mental health awareness and support to our teens,” said Chloe Jerlinski, student support coordinator for the Harrisonburg City Public Schools.

Throughout the week, schools in the city of Harrisonburg provide education and resources to students at every grade level about mental health and suicide awareness.

“By doing activities in our elementary schools to raise awareness of emotions and manage emotions, and then also advisory classes at the high school level to talk about mental health,” Jerlinski said.

For older students, HCPS does things a little differently.

“It’s unique this year where we invite teens and their parents to come together and listen in one room and hear about the signs and symptoms of teen depression and how we can work with families to help support teens struggling with mental health issues. problems,” Jerlinski said.

On Thursday evening, the American Foundation for Suicide’s More Than Sad presentation will be given.

“Thursday evening we will have some of our mental health counselors there and we will also have other staff from our student support service who will be there as a resource to answer questions or speak to families if they have any concerns. specific and individual concerns,” Jerlinski said.

The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at Harrisonburg High School and will be presented in Spanish at Thomas Harrison Middle School.

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