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Keystone to host free seminar on mental health, open to all parents


LAGRANGE — Keystone Schools and the Lorain County Board of Health are hosting a seminar for parents, focusing on suicide, depression and mental health.

The seminar will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 8 in the Keystone High School cafetorium, on Opportunity Way.

The seminar will contain the same content on both nights.

In order for more parents to attend, Keystone High School’s National Honor Society, FCCLA and Youth-4-Youth students will provide free baby-sitting services during the seminar.

“The two events are open to communities outside of Keystone,” Superintendent Dan White said. “Any parent that wants to come and learn is welcome.”

The seminars are being offered after a Keystone Middle School eighth-grade student committed suicide Oct. 15.

The content presented will include discussion of a variety of topics: spotting signs and symptoms of depression in young people; risk factors for suicide; addressing suicide with children and young adults; attaining assistance for at-risk children and young adults; and information regarding free countywide mental health trainings.

“In today’s culture, our families are faced with many challenges,” White said. “The goal of our seminar is to provide parents and guardians with tools they can use to help children combat these challenges. In addition, we will give parents guidance on how to address sensitive subjects with their children, including depression, suicide, and mental illness.”

Contact Melissa Linebrink at (440) 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.

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