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Community Awareness Session to be held on UMFK campus

June 2, 2008

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On Tuesday, June 10, 2008 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. representatives from the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program (MSYPP) will present a Community Awareness session in Nadeau Hall at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.   Linda Williams, MA and Greg Marley, LCSW will discuss warning signs, intervention strategies, and the unique needs of survivors.              

In light of recent tragedies in our community, Catherine Jandreau, Maine Parent Federation’s Parent to Parent Program, a program that provides information, training and support to families who have children with special needs, including mental illness, invited representatives from the MYSPP to present in the St. John Valley. “This evening session will allow families and community members to share information, experiences and questions.”  Jandreau said.            

She hopes these sessions will raise awareness of some of the underlying causes that might compel a person to contemplate suicide. Families and friends are often unaware of what to look for or how to cope afterwards. “We also hope this community session can be a catalyst for healing.” she added.              

The evening session is one of several suicide prevention awareness training opportunities on Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11. For more information and registration information, please contact Catherine Jandreau, Maine Parent Federation, 834-7908 or visit www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/outreach/.