Suicide prevention group takes message of hope to Bellmore-Merrick schools

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide are bringing their program to teenagers in the Bellmore-Merrick School District.

News 12 Staff

Mar 29, 2022, 10:32 PM

Updated 751 days ago

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Teen suicide is on the rise, but one organization is helping to provide local school districts with the support they need.
Stacy Brief, event coordinator of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, says she once had suicidal thoughts during high school.
She was able to turn to her school's social worker, Theana Cheliotes, for help.
"Thank goodness she cared enough, she was in tune enough and knew the warning signs to look for," Brief says.
Her experience led her, her sister Nicole and her mother Lisa to all get involved in STPS.
They are bringing their program to teenagers in the Bellmore-Merrick School District.
"We give them resources that hopefully they will take back and look up and utilize anyway they can," Brief says.
During the program, the students have breakout sessions and workshops where they learn about the signs of suicide and how to prevent it.
Junior Kristina Trupo says she sees her peers suffering and was inspired by the lessons she learned at the summit Tuesday.
"I've learned many coping strategies -- how to tell if a friend is struggling, how you can help a friend, how you can help yourself and it's really uplifting," Trupo says.
Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among 11- to 17-year-olds.
Brief says anyone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide need to remember that they are not alone, their life matters and help is just one step away


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