Caring Contact, a crisis hotline that serves northern and central New Jersey, presents an evening with Wendy and Steve Sefcik, whose son, T.J., died by suicide in 2010 at the age of 16 while suffering from depression. The Sefciks will share his and their story at a presentation being held at a home in Scotch Plains on September 20th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In the evening's program, "Breaking the Silence: Remembering T.J. – A Story of Depression, Lessons and Hope," the Sefciks will discuss the warning signs that preceded T.J.'s death. Since then, it has been their mission to educate the public about the signs of depression and to help provide support to families, including removing the stigma of depression.

In 2016, over 44,000 Americans died by suicide – it is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of teens seriously consider suicide each year and 1 in 12 attempt suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24. During the past year Caring Contact has seen a 300 percent increase in calls from people under the age of 18.

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If you are in crisis and need someone to listen, call Caring Contact at 908-232-2880. To learn more, visit www.caringcontact.org.