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Program to Focus on Teen Depression, Suicide Awareness Tonight
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Program to Focus on Teen Depression, Suicide Awareness Tonight

Parents and community members are welcome to join a discussion on teen depression and suicide awareness at West Seneca West Senior High School.

West Senior, located at 3330 Seneca St., will host “Out of the Darkness: A Parent Forum on Adolescent Depression and Suicide Awareness” from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. The program will consist of a panel presentation from area mental health professionals, parent survivors and clergy.  Participants include:

  • Pamela Vastola and Jerry Wiesner, parent survivors
  • Phil and Linda Chearmonte, parent survivors, Phil is also a board member of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention –WNY Chapter
  • Dr. Aimee DiPasqua – child psychiatrist, Spectrum Human Services
  • Rev. Ralph Anderson - Ebenezer UCC
  • Lynda Battaglia, LCSW - Office of Mental Health

There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

The presentation will be followed by a Community Resource Fair in the lobby of the school, which will take place during the school’s Open House. The resource fair will feature displays and representatives from community service agencies and youth programs that provide assistance and support to families, as well as promote positive mental health for children and teens. 

This event is free and open to the public, but is geared toward an adult audience.

 Questions may be directed to Kate DiPasquale at 677-3368 or Randy Zakrzewski at 677-3388.

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