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After Newtown: A Community Conversation on Mental health and Public Safety 01/25/13
The tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last December have resonated across America, as families, educators and public officials raise questions about recognizing mental health issues and intervening effectively before individuals become a threat to public safety.
• How do we recognize the signs of serious mental illness, especially in young people?
• How do we provide help to troubled individuals and support to their families?
• In times of crisis, what resources exist in Bellingham and Whatcom County to protect public safety and provide mental health treatment for all who need it?
To address these questions, Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic will sponsor a community conversation on mental health and public safety at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Bellingham High School Auditorium. The event is free and open to all.
Participants include Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo; Sterling Chick, Children’s Mental Health Manager for Catholic Community Services; Dave Reynolds, Juvenile Probation and Detention Administrator for Whatcom County Superior Court and David Sager, Crisis Services Director, Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic.
“This is not a conversation about gun control. It’s about how we as a community respond to the needs of troubled individuals and their families,” said David Kleiber, president of the Whatcom Counseling board of directors. “We want parents, educators, mental health experts, law enforcement officials and concerned citizens to come together to begin learning how to recognize those who are struggling with serious mental health issues and increase awareness of the many local resources that exist to help them. We welcome everyone to join the discussion.”
Contact: David Kleiber
President, Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic Board of Directors
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