1.51 D303 opens parents’ eyes on teen stress, The [Illinois] Courier-News , Oct. 26, 2010
Community Unit School District 303, St. Charles, Illinois is hoping that by teaching students to cope with life’s stresses, it also will save some lives.
District 303’s Parent University — classes offered for parents throughout the school year — focused this week on the district’s life skills, depression and suicide prevention curriculums.
The classes are designed to help parents understand what their children are experiencing in school, communications director Jim Blaney said.
Adding a parent session on suicide and depression came from the district’s Summit on Suicide — three sessions held last spring and summer to talk about suicide among St. Charles students and how to prevent future deaths. The district experienced several teen suicides prior to the meetings.
In addition to the Parent University classes, the district added new avenues to prevent suicide, even putting phone numbers and websites for suicide prevention and emergency hot lines on the back of school student ID cards. That idea came from a high school student who attended one of the sessions.
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