2017 Teen Suicide Prevention Symposium hosted on June 28

Posted at 3:01 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 16:58:20-04

The 12th Annual Teen Suicide Prevention Symposium will be held this Wednesday to promote awareness regarding a “preventable epidemic” among American youth.

The event unites educators and community members in a forum to take action and help save the lives of challenged youth through awareness, intervention and prevention. The focus will be on stories of surviving and preventing suicide.

The symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Texas’ Education Service Center Region 12, located 2101 W. Loop 340 in Waco.

On average, someone in the U.S. dies by suicide every 13.7 minutes. For over a decade, the Suicide Prevention Symposium has provided training for educators and community members on teen suicide related issues.

According to Jenipher Janek, ESC Region 12 Counseling Specialist, social media has continued to be a factor in teen suicide, but raising awareness is making a difference in Central Texas youth.

Featured this year on the schedule, there will be a discussion on the hit Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” with Dr. Hap LeCrone, a clinical psychologist in Waco, and Mary Kate Janek, a local West High School graduate. The pair will discuss the effects of the show on high school students, as well as the second season due to release next spring.

The event agenda can be found below.?

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