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Suicide Awareness Forum helps parents understand importance of mental health checks
Supt. Ron Patton shares a smile with panelist and school board members at the Suicide Awareness Forum at CMHS. PICTURED (L-R): Cherie Emling, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP Kankakee); Kayla Dousias, AFSP member and parent survivor of suicide; Felicia Houston, Community Development Liaison for UofC Medicine at Ingalls Hospital; Jennifer Areolla, AFSP; Jennifer A. Gasbarro, CM 201-U Board President; Rebecca Doran, ISBE; Dr. Rochelle Clark, Asst. Supt. of District Affairs; Jeanine Galbraith, CM 201-U Board Secretary; Elizabeth Smoczynski, Ingalls Behavioral Health, and Tasha Williams, CMMS social worker.
The Suicide Awareness Forum, hosted by the Office of District Affairs, on Friday, March 9th was a great success! The panel, moderated by mental health professional Mrs. Felicia Houston from University of Chicago Medicine at Ingalls Hospital, included representatives from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), a parent survivor of suicide, school social workers, and clinicians from Ingalls Behavioral Health. Nearly 100 parents and students joined in a powerful conversation about risk factors, identifying warning signs and the importance of mental health awareness. Students in attendance were directed to age-appropriate breakout sessions and signed our "Take the Pledge" wall sign. Special thanks to our Board of Education for their leadership and vision in bringing this important message to our community!