Edison, NJ -   A high school student at Edison High School has died by suicide.  Parents were advised of the death in a letter  from Principal Charles K. Ross, dated April 18.

The name of the student has not been released.

According to Mr. Ross, members of the school’s Crisis Response Team will meet with students individually and in groups both today and on Monday, April 22.

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The school was open from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon today, and will be open at those times again on Monday.

“I am writing with great sadness to inform you that one of our students has died.  Our thoughts and sympathies are with the student’s family and friends,” wrote Mr. Ross who also  encouraged parents and guardians to speak with students and monitor their social media use.

“As you know, teenagers use social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Snap Chat, etc. to communicate and it is likely they will use these sites to communicate about the suicide.  We recommend that you monitor your child’s online use for the days and weeks following the funeral for messages that  your child or a friend is significantly struggling with this death,” he wrote.  

“Face to face time with loved ones is always important during a crisis,” he added.

The School District’s Community Mental Health Resources can be found here.

Other resources available to parents and students include:

FOR PARENTS:

http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/tlc/guidelines/parents/UnderstandingChildrenGrief.html

http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/tlc/docs/suicideAwareness/Preparing%20a%20Child%20to%20Attend%20a%20Memorial%20Service.pdf

http://ubhc.rutgers.edu/tlc/docs/suicideAwareness/After%20a%20Suicide%20Answering%20Q%20and%20Assisting%20Students.pdf

FOR STUDENTS:

http://nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/Coping_in_Hard_Times_For_Youth.pdf

Sources:

Haven Hospice through JFK-Free Services includes grief and supportive counseling.  Teresa Reitz-732—321-7000 Ext. 62071

NJ Hope Line-For children and adults-available 24/7 1-855-654-6735

2nd Floor-Youth Helpline 1-888-222-2228