Community Suicide Awareness Night - November 2, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Stanwood High School Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Last Fall, our district hosted a suicide awareness and resource night for parents and community members. On November 2 the focus will be on helping communities understand and respond to suicide, featuring Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil, JD, an expert on suicide grief, bereavement, and postvention response. She has 20+ years' experience providing guidance and training to individuals, families, schools/colleges, faith communities and workplaces coping with suicide.

Ms. Harpel will provide an open forum to address the emotions, concerns, and fears that inevitably arise around suicide in a school and community. An opportunity to have your questions answered (When should I worry? Are antidepressants dangerous? Is there such a thing as "bullycide"?). She will offer a chance to put things in perspective by looking at the larger context of mental health, providing reliable information, and promoting open communication and appropriate help-seeking.

In addition to Ms. Harpel's presentation, mental health, suicide support, and youth resource providers will be available before and after the event to make available local resources for families. These resources will be available to community members and families beginning at 6:00 PM on November 2 and will remain in the foyer of the PAC after the event.

Ms. Harpel was the recipient of the American Association of Suicidology's Survivor of the Year Award and founding co-lead of SAMHSA''s survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force, Ms Harpel is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's Consumer-Survivor Subcommittee, the advisory board of Anonymous Alerts and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.