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Aug 20, 2018

Open Letters to New College Freshman and Their Parents on Easily Transitioning to College Life

Dear Incoming College Freshman,           You are about to begin a new, scary chapter in your life, going to college. Now, some of you may be going far from home, while the rest of you felt it was best to stay nearby. Either way you are about to enter a new world full of, in simple word…craziness. In my personal experience, college could not come fast enough. I was done with…
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Jun 10, 2015

SPTS welcomes new Program Director, Pat Breux

Before coming to SPTS, Pat Breux served as the Youth Prevention Specialist for the Suicide Prevention Center of New York.  Because of the support of  the New York state leadership that prioritized suicide prevention, she had the privilege to participate in many innovative projects, including a community initiative that saw the certification of over 200 trainers, as well as the training of over 16,000 New Yorkers. As an ASIST and SafeTalk trainer, she has also…
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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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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 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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Nov 06, 2012

West Milford Players to Support SPTS

The West Milford Players (West Milford, NJ) chose the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide as the non-profit to benefit from its fundraising at its upcoming show "It's a Wonderful Life".  There will be six performances, beginning Friday, November 9.  If you are in the area we encourage you to support the West Milford Players!  Thank you to Turner Striffler and the West Milford Players!  Visit the West Milford Players website for more information:…
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