Community forum to educate Truckee/Tahoe parents, residents in suicide prevention
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Counselors and youth development experts are hoping to educate residents through a meeting this week aimed at teaching parents how to talk to their children about suicide, the warning signs of potential victims and how to build resiliency in children.
Guest speakers Thursday evening include Kim Honeywell, suicide prevention coordinator for Nevada County; and River Coyote, a health educator for Placer Countyand#8217;s Health and Human Services.
Honeywell said the event will be highly educational to parents seeking advice on how to talk to their children about suicide, the resources available to them and how they can instill traits in their children that will make them more resilient against the idea of taking oneand#8217;s life.
and#8220;Weand#8217;re coming together because of community concerns,and#8221; Honeywell said. and#8220;I think itand#8217;s important for our community at large to come together and bolster up our kids.and#8221;
Coyote said she will focus her presentation on developmental assets parents can nurture in their children, assets, she said, that have been researched to decrease the chance of suicide.
She described these factors as and#8220;… experiences, values or qualities that youth have while growing up that help youth to be happy and healthy adults.and#8221;
Considering the onslaught of negative influences in society, Coyote said many parents get overwhelmed and feel they are helpless to protect their children. Thursdayand#8217;s meeting, she said, is hoped to show parents they are not helpless, that they can affect their childrenand#8217;s lives for the better.
and#8220;I want to give (parents and residents) a sense of hope that there are a lot of positive things they can do in their kids lives that will help protect them,and#8221; Coyote said.
The meeting is sponsored by Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Nevada County Health and Human Services, Placer County Health and Human Services, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and Sierra Family Services.
For more information, contact Placer Countyand#8217;s Health and Human Services administrative offices at 530-546-1900.
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