District 214 suicide awareness program May 5
Updated: May 3, 2012 12:55PM
Township High School District 214, in partnership with local social service agencies, is hosting a community event to bring the issue of suicide and depression out of the darkness.
Parents, students, and community members are invited to Hurricane of Hope, a day devoted to raising awareness and open communication about teen suicide, depression and anxiety noon-3 p.m. May 5 at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights.
The day’s events include guest speakers, interactive games, a lap around the track in solidarity to A-C-T (Acknowledge, Care, Tell), and more. Keynote speaker and Harper College Adjunct Professor Frank J. Klawitter, M.Ed., MCP, will speak on the topic, “Weathering the Storm.”
Since 2006, seven District 214 students have committed suicide, four within the past two years. “While every District 214 school has a suicide prevention program and resources available to help students, we were compelled to bring awareness to the issues of suicide, depression, and anxiety on a district-wide level with community participation,” said Venetia L. Miles, director of community relations and Hurricane of Hope co-chair.
To connect people who need help with those who can provide it, a Community Resource Fair will be held the same day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Forest View Educational Center Field House. Agency representatives will provide information about mental health, career training, education, housing, transition services and more.
The Hurricane of Hope/Community Resource Fair is held in partnership with Erika’s Lighthouse, Alexian Center for Mental Health, Elyssa’s Mission, Omni Youth Services, North Cook Intermediate Service Center and District 214.