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Suicide awareness and prevention to be presented over two nights


Please join us on Aug. 12 and 20, at 7 p.m., to learn more about suicide awareness and prevention.

This video presentation will be held over two nights in Pepperell at Lawrence Library and at the Townsend Public Library and will cover the issues that many parents are struggling to understand with their children.

This series was designed to provide parents with a basic understanding of mental wellness issues of teenagers, and to provide practical guidance for seeking mental health services for their children. The video features Steve and Deb Boczenowski, founders of TADS, telling their story of losing their son, Jeffrey, to suicide, plus four distinguished mental-health professionals.

On Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Library, 15 Main St., in Pepperell, the presentation will provide an overview of mental-health issues in young people. It starts with Steve and Deb telling their story, and provides basic information about anxiety, depression and suicide.

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. at Townsend Public Library, 15 Dudley St., the presentation will provide practical guidance on getting mental-health care for your child. It will also include an explanation of the treatment, what to expect when treatment begins and pointers on speaking with your child and your child’s clinician.

Both sessions will conclude with a question-and-answer session with a panel of mental-health professionals. Both nights are free and open to the public.

TADS, Teenage Anxiety and Depression Solutions, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to address mental-health issues by raising awareness, providing education and enabling access to care.

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