SOMERSET, NJ - The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS), in partnership with Franklin Township Public Library, is hosting a parent presentation, titled Raising Resilient Teens in Challenging Times, on January 30th at 7:00pm at the Franklin Township Public Library at 485 DeMott Lane in Somerset. The need for increased awareness about teen suicide prevention is paramount. Raising Resilient Teens in Challenging Times is a program that educates parents on the warning signs of suicide, dispels myths about suicide, and encourages parents to speak to their children about suicide prevention. It is estimated that 4 in 5 teens who attempt suicide exhibit clear warning signs. Ensuring that parents and other “trusted adults” are aware of the warning signs and resources available will help save the lives of our teens.

While this presentation is focused on educating parents, SPTS will be presenting additional community education conversations to address anyone who interacts with children and teens on a daily basis. The entire Somerset community is invited to attend this vital dialogue on suicide prevention and resilience in today’s teens.

As a result of grant funding provided by the Provident Bank Foundation (PBF), to the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, this parent presentation, among others to be hosted in the Skylands region, will be provided at no cost to community members. Utilizing a whole-community approach, SPTS will provide on-going suicide prevention conversations with parents; “trusted adults”; non-profit staff and volunteers working with youth; and community members in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset and Warren Counties. Knowledge about a topic helps relieve the stress of the unknown. Making it okay to talk about suicide, or ask if someone needs help, will help to save lives; it also creates a safe environment for teens to be able to seek out help if needed for themselves or a friend.

SPTS was founded in 2005 by two Monmouth county fathers, who each experienced the devastating loss of a teenage child by suicide. SPTS firmly believes that accessible quality education and public awareness about teen suicide can save young lives. The core values that define SPTS and its founding board are passionate commitment to the value of life, belief in the effectiveness of evidence based suicide prevention strategies, dedication to removing public stigma about suicide and conviction that accurate information and education about suicide can save lives. The mission of SPTS is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs. SPTS offers a variety of resources on its website that can be downloaded and duplicated at no cost for more information on what you or your community can to do help prevent suicide visit us at www.sptsusa.org