Partnering for the third year, <a href=”http://bearrivercharter.org/contact-us”>Bear River Charter School</a> and <a href=”http://www.intechchs.org/”>InTech Collegiate High School</a> will hold an annual Student Safety Parent Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss a sensitive but important topic—suicide prevention. Presenters will include prevention specialists Becky Austad and Shauna Morgan, with the Northern Utah Hope task force (<a href=”file:///C:/Users/Jennifer/Documents/Jennifer/NUHOPE”>NUHOPE</a>), and Cathy Davis, representing the Utah State Board of Education. The meeting will take place at Bear River Charter School, located at 75 S. 400 W. in Logan. Parents of students attending both schools are encouraged to participate.
“I think it’s a scary topic and maybe not everyone realizes that suicide is the leading cause of death among teens in the state of Utah,” said Wyatt Lutsk, school counselor at InTech. “I think sometimes parents don’t know the statistics.”
Learning about suicide prevention, said Lutsk, could help parents learn to understand not only their own children, but also their friends, their children’s friends or someone in the community.
“We’re really trying to look at this as a community outreach in helping parents learn how to make a difference in any teenager’s life,” she said.
Topics of discussion during Thursday’s seminar will include warning signs of suicide risk, how parents can talk to their teens about suicide and how they can help their teens’ friends.
“This issue affects everybody, even if your child is not having any kind of issues,” said Lutsk. “This is a big deal, and I just want parents to know the best way to work with teenagers is for us all to come together and work together.”
Bear River Charter School serves 170 Cache Valley students in grades K-8. InTech Collegiate High School’s campus has 190 students in grades 9-12. While the Student Safety Parent Seminar is geared toward adults, students will receive similar information, shared at developmentally appropriate levels, in their classrooms at school.