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Oct 02, 2017

Guidelines for Discussing Mass Violence with your Teens

These are challenging times for all of us, especially parents and guardians of children and teens. Having discussions regarding disturbing media events, such as mass violence, with our adolescents and children can be difficult. In response to the recent shooting in Las Vegas, our partners at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care have created helpful strategies for talking to youth following a mass violence event. SPTS would like to share this important information - please click…
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May 10, 2017

13 Reasons Why

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide shares the concerns of several mental health counselors, experts in the field of suicidology, and fellow prevention organizations about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Unfortunately, the media tends to glamorize and sensationalize suicide. Glamorizing suicide has significant negative impact on children, adolescents, adults or anyone who is having suicidal thoughts. This is precisely why the media must be responsible and follow the safe messaging guidelines. We…
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Nov 30, 2016

You Are Not Alone Campaign 2016

For the second annual You Are Not Alone social media campaign, SPTS encourages you to let teens worldwide know that they are never alone on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  The call to action is simple: link your Twitter and Facebook accounts to our Thunderclap page. By linking your account to the campaign, a post will be automatically sent out on December 2 at 4:00 PM saying “Spread the word: YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Post a…
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May 17, 2016

SPTS Youth Council Concludes Stellar Year

On Friday, May 13th, the SPTS Youth Council met for the final time to conclude it's year long initiative of promoting suicide prevention awareness. With a goal to help #saveteens, more than 60 students from Monmouth and Ocean County High Schools participated in the inaugural year of the council. Students from varying high schools, both public and private, came together to work on projects such as social media campaigns, fundraising, and the 2016 Youth Wellness…
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May 02, 2016

From A Student: The 2016 Youth Wellness Summit Experience

Months of work from the Youth Council and SPTS certainly paid off at the Monmouth County Youth Wellness Summit on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Neptune High School. There were free t-shirts, tons of good food and an amazing keynote speaker. For a high school student, these three things always mean a great day. I was lucky to be one of the more than 140 students to attend the summit. Upon entrance, all student attendees were…
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Apr 26, 2016

Suicide Prevention in the Classroom: A Student Reflection

By Stacy Brief, High School Student On April 7, 2016, Maureen Underwood attended my high school in Bellmore, NY to present to the peer leader classes on suicide prevention. On Thursday morning, Maureen arrived at Mepham High School equipped with many "tools" to pass on to the juniors and seniors attending the training sessions in how to safely and accurately handle a situation in which a peer is struggling with the idea of suicide. The…
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Apr 21, 2016

Speaking With Students About Suicide

At the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, one of our core values is the belief in the effectiveness of evidence -based suicide prevention strategies. Yet, one of the questions we are most often confronted with is the request for assembly presentations. What we know about suicide prevention and keeping students safe is that assembly style presentations fail to take into consideration what we know about suicide risk. Instead, what should happen, is the inclusion of students in…
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Mar 16, 2016

An Open Letter to the Stressed-Out Teenagers of the World

Dear high schoolers, These four years of your life are not quite like the movies. There isn’t that clique that wears pink every Wednesday. Most basketball teams don’t sing at practice. And I doubt that Saturday detention students form clubs in their spare time. High school is a totally different species now. Although there aren’t any Plastics or a Sharpay Evans roaming the halls, there’s something way worse controlling our high school lives: stress. There’s…
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Dec 16, 2015

Youth Council 2015 Year End Celebration

Youth Council Celebrates Kick-Off Year   Last night, SPTS closed out 2015 a little early with a celebration for its Youth Council. With over 60 students from Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the council has set some pretty awesome goals for ways in which they want to help spread awareness of youth suicide prevention. We couldn't be more proud to know such a motivated and caring group of young people! Hot coco and pizza was had…
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