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Aug 14, 2014

Talking About Suicide and Robin Williams Death

Blog Post by Hollis Easter Robin Williams died today, at 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s department released a press statement saying they suspect it of being suicide by asphyxiation, and there’s other news on their site. There will be a media frenzy about this for the next little while, and a lot of people are going to be talking about it. I want to help people talk about it in a way that’s as respectful and safe…
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Jan 14, 2014

How Does The Affordable Care Act Affect Mental Health Coverage?

Let’s start first with a little historical background. While a law to change the way insurance companies reimbursed for mental health treatment was passed years ago, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008; the rules to carry it out was not passed until November 2013 under the Affordable Care Act - ACA, known informally as ‘Obamacare.’ The 2008 law stated that if insurance companies provided coverage for mental health treatment, the coverage…
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Nov 01, 2013

SPTS Receives Grant from American Legion to Provide Remote Delivery of Lifelines Suicide Prevention Training

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Inc. (SPTS) announced that it has received a grant from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Inc. to provide the remote delivery of Lifelines Suicide Prevention training program to schools. Lyndsay Fritz, daughter of SPTS President and Co-Founder, Scott Fritz, and Dawn Doherty, SPTS Director of Operations worked together to apply for the grant.  Working with IVCi, a leading provider of collaborative technology, SPTS determined the optimal…
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Oct 23, 2013

Helping Your Children Deal with the Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

With the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, we know there is the possibility that children and families may be retraumatized, especially by what promises to be intense media coverage of last year’s devastation.   SPTS Clinical Director, Maureen Underwood, LCSW , along with a collaborative team of youth service professionals, created the attached document "Helping Your Children Deal With The Anniversary of Sandy" to alert parents, guardians and adults  to the possibility of what…
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Mar 19, 2013

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide Beneficiary of 10th Annual Charles Lafitte Foundation Charity Golf Classic

The 10th Annual Charles Lafitte Charity Golf Classic will be held on June 25, 2013 at Due Process Stable, with the proceeds to benefit the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide.  For more information on the outing please visit www.charleslafitte.org. The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives.  The Foundation supports organizations working in four main…
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Jan 29, 2013

The Starfish Project: A Day of Healing for the Coastal Southern Monmouth Communities

Pressing Infrastructure Needs Have Obscured Emotional Needs of Kids & Families; Community Groups Combine Resources to Provide Opportunity for Healing Recognizing that the emotional recovery of children and families impacted by Sandy is as significant as the rebuilding of the physical infrastructure, a collaborative effort of community groups in Monmouth County have joined together to sponsor “The Starfish Project: A Community Event for Children and Families” on February 10, 2013, from 3 to 6 pm…
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Jan 17, 2013

Memorials after a Suicide

DOWNLOAD THE SPTS DOCUMENT: Memorials After a Suicide   MEMORIALS AFTER A SUICIDE: GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOLS & FAMILIES When a school community experiences the death of a student, there is often the very human tendency to want to do something in memory of the deceased student. These memorials can range from spontaneous tributes piled at lockers or parking spaces to more permanent, lasting tributes like placing plaques in halls or planting trees or gardens in the…
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Dec 18, 2012

THE COMPETENT SCHOOL COMMUNITY: RESPONSE TO THE CONNECTICUT SCHOOL TRAUMA

Dealing with a trauma like the school shooting in Connecticut is obviously not an easy thing. Even the most experienced mental health professionals are challenged to offer explanations of how and why something so horrific and incomprehensible could take place. Yet while many aspects of this tragedy will continue to defy explanation, there is information available that can help all members of the competent school community - administrators, faculty and staff, parents, and students -…
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Nov 20, 2012

THE SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF TEEN SUICIDE TO FUND NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTOIN LIFELINE TO BE ANSWERED IN NEW JERSEY FOR 3 MONTHS

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Inc. (SPTS) announced that it has provided funding for calls made to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK originating in New Jersey to be answered within the state 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to begin on/around December 1, 2012 for the period of 3 months.  SPTS has been advocating for the state of New Jersey to answer these calls for over 3 years.  The cost…
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Nov 19, 2012

AFTER THE STORM…Keeping Yourself Afloat

A Guide for Youth & Families Affected by Hurricane Sandy Maureen Underwood, LCSW People who were not even there will be talking about Hurricane Sandy for a long time. You've probably already heard their stories, their second hand accounts and observations about the destruction to the beaches and boardwalks and towns they may have never even knew existed before this storm hit. Maybe you’ve even begun to hear the stories of recovery, pitched by those…
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