GPS to host two Community Conversations About Suicide

The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will host two community conversations about suicide with professor, author and suicide intervention expert Jonathan Singer:

A Community Conversation About Suicide – the Signs and Symptoms: How Parents and School Staff Can Work Together. Singer will speak at noon Aug. 28 at Glenbard South.

Signs and Symptoms of Youth Suicide: Continuing the Conversation with Students and Parents. Singer will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Glenbard West.

When stories of young people taking their own lives are reported, communities ask what could have been done to prevent the tragedy. Suicide is a public health crisis and is the second-leading cause of death among teen-agers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2009 and 2017, the number of high school teens who contemplated suicide increased by 25 percent, according to self-reported surveys conducted by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Death by suicide among teens also increased by 33 percent during that time.

Join GPS for a better understanding of this crisis as Singer discusses the myths and facts of youth suicide and outlines prevention tips for parents/guardians, schools and communities.

Singer is a licensed clinical social worker, an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago, and president of the American Association of Suicidology. He focuses on interventions for youth. He is author of “Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Post-intervention.”

We look forward to hosting many community members at both of these important events.

GPS is generously sponsored by the Birth to Five Community Coalition, Cebrin Goodman Center, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, DuPage Medical Group, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Holiday Inn/Carol Stream and Prevention Leadership Team of the DuPage County Health Department.

For further information visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 630-942-7668 or

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