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School to host virtual Traumatic Loss Community Outreach session

FORT KENT, Maine — SAD 27 is hosting a Traumatic Loss Community Outreach session on Zoom Thursday evening. 

“We invite you to take part in a presentation by a leading expert in suicide prevention and response in Maine as he talks about the grief following a loss; how to care for ourselves and our children in the aftermath of this [kind of] tragedy,” Fort Kent Commmunity High School and Valley Rivers Middle School Principal John Kaleta said. “Greg Marley will also address the leading causes and signs of suicide to prepare families and the community as a resource for suicide prevention for anyone at risk.”

School and community clinicians will also attend the session and offer avenues to get help for people in need of support.

“This talk is for parents, grandparents, adult and adolescent family members, school staff and anyone in the community feeling the effects of loss [by suicide] who wants to support suicide prevention,” Kaleta added. “Parents are encouraged to participate along with their children age 12 and older.”

The outreach session will not be photographed or recorded, so that people can feel free to speak and let their feelings flow, Kaleta said. 

The outreach session is limited to 300 Zoom participants, so school officials encourage parents and their children to join the session together on one computer. 

The Zoom session is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 4. The link for the Zoom session can be found here.  

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