Shore House facilitated a valuable discussion at the Fair Haven Community Center. I’d like to communicate with you some of the important points that were touched on. Four experts in the field participated in the panel discussion and shared their experiences as they relate to suicide, stigma and resiliency.
Safe Keeping: Teen Suicide and Prevention The panelists: Dr. Christine Tintorer, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Danielle Gasperini, LCSW, Program Director, Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services; Jim Romer, Clinical Director Emergency Crisis Services at Monmouth Medical Center and Dr. Andrew Lee, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. Highlights from the discussion included:
Talking about suicide does not create more suicide
Educating yourself about suicide leads to you being part of the solution
Learning to listen non-judgmentally
Building resilience in children allows them to adapt when things don’t go their way
Five factors of resilience are: Self-Awareness, Interpersonal Connections, Flexible Thinking, Self-Regulation and Optimism
Below are some resources that are available to all residents of Monmouth County. Please click the buttons below for more information.
Mental Health First Aid: A course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services: A comprehensive system of response to resolve a child’s or young adult’s urgent emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. Individuals are seen within an hour.
Emergency Intervention Support Services (EISS):If you or someone you know are experiencing a mental health issue, Monmouth Medical Center’s EISS program provides up to 30 days of outpatient treatment and avoids the use of emergency room crisis units. For more information, please call 732-922-1042.
I hope these resources prove to be useful tools. Feel free to pass them on to friends, family, neighbors and colleagues. Never underestimate the pain someone might be in; some are just better at hiding it than others. I extend my appreciation to the panel for giving their time and participation in the discussion and to the Fair Haven community for graciously supporting this event. Shore House is honored to work alongside the community to bring this important topic to the public.