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The Family Center: Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

Serving our community through programs and resources vital to today’s families.

is Your Loved One Considering Suicide? Warning Signs to Look For

Ask the Experts by Gigi Colombini, LMSW - Kevin's Song

In the US, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, accounting for 44,193 fatalities in 2015, the most recent year data is available. For youth aged 10-24, it is the 2nd leading cause of death. Each day, 121 people die from suicide, yet still most people have little or no idea what is needed to help when someone may be experiencing a suicidal crisis.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, research based estimates suggest ...

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The Tragedy of Suicide

Ask the Experts by Megan Gunnell, LMSW, MT-BC - Psychotherapist

Yesterday a student at my son's high school went to school in the morning, sat through all his AM classes, left campus for lunch and committed suicide.  An absolutely unthinkable tragedy for his family and those who knew and loved him.

The principal shared the news with the student body sending shock waves from room to room. Kids were sobbing in the halls, hugging each other as they left school for the day in a shocked and saddened ...

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The Bridge Between Suicide and Life

The Family Center wishes to share a powerful message about suicide that is presented in this very special TED Talk. See the Video here >

From TED: "For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken - and listened - to standing on the edge of life.

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Teens & Screens: Locked Into an Online World

Ask the Experts by Nicole Runyon

Q: I am witnessing my teenage son experience emotional problems and I think his screen is the culprit. I would like to remove the screen from his life in order for him to reset and get back to himself. However, I worry that he will be disconnected from his friends and risk feeling lonely and alienated. How do I help him find a balance?

A: This is a common issue among parents who are worried that screens are creating a situation for their children to be locked ...

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Raising Young Men and Women in a Culture of Sexual Assault

Ask the Experts by Peter Henry and Mary Petersen

Q: With so much sexual assault rampant these days, I worry about raising teenagers in our society. How can you help me?

A: Human beings have lived in a culture of sexual assault for centuries. What’s different today is that we talk about it more, and thus we have a better chance to help our children consciously break the cycle.

Young men and women are in a particularly vulnerable position. They’re learning about themselves and how ...

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