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DA Ryan Praises Newton's Response to Teen Suicides

May 07, 2015 02:33PM ● By Kieran Gilman

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan.

(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the office of Middlesex DA Marian Ryan.)

Newton, MA  – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth (MPY) are co-hosting “Confronting Suicide: School & Community Response To Crisis Conference.”  The event will focus on “best practices” to support young people facing mental and emotional challenges and will feature clinical professionals, Newton Public School System staff, community leaders, and students. 
The conference stems from the three teen suicides in Newton in 2014 and is in recognition of the work Newton has done to help the community through its grief and in prevention of future incidents. It is co-hosted by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth, a non-profit organization which provides prevention and intervention resources and training to school districts and communities in collaboration with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.  District Attorney Ryan chairs the MPY Board of Directors.
What: “Confronting Suicide: School & Community Response to Crisis”
When: Friday, May 8, 9:00 am – 2 pm
9 am: District Attorney Marian Ryan remarks and presentation of the “Martin T. Meehan Educational Leadership Award.”
Where: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Shipley Auditorium in the Bowles Conference Center, 2nd Floor
2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462
Who: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan
Alan Holmlund, Director, Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program
David Fleishman, Superintendent of Newton Public Schools
Judy Levin-Charns, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Newton
Larry Berkowitz, Director, Riverside Trauma Center
Dr. Susan Swick, Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Dr. Dori Zaleznik, City of Newton Chief Administrative Officer
Jenny O’Higgins, City of Newton Director of Youth Services
Margie Daniels, Executive Director, Middlesex Partnerships for Youth.
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