October is Mental Health Month!

Christian Health Care Center to Hold Important Community Program on Teen Suicide

Wyckoff, NJ … In recognition of October being Mental Health Month, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) is presenting an educational program for the community focusing on teen suicide at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, in the CHCC Auditorium (use 700 Mountain Ave. entrance). In 2010, 16-year-old TJ Sefcik committed suicide. TJ’s parents, Wendy and Steve, and his 16-year-old brother Matt will share their story to raise awareness on mental illness among youth, how it impacts the entire family, and how they turned their tragedy into a message of empowerment, hope, and education.

“One in eight teenagers experiences some degree of depression,” said Cathy Pilone, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Vice President/Administrator of Mental Health Services.“As an organization that provides a full range of mental-health services, we feel strongly about bringing this subject to the forefront, and we so appreciate the Sefcik family sharing such a personal story to benefit the community.”

In addition to bringing the subject of teen suicide to the forefront, managing stress and anxiety in young people is also an important subject to address. Now that the new school year is underway, students of all ages can experience varying degrees of stress and anxiety. Every grade has its own set of stressors. Parents experience stress, too, since they feel pressure to get involved in their child’s school and may not have the time to do so. Communication between parents and children is key to alleviating back-to-school stress. It is important for parents to encourage children to express their feelings and help them set priorities. If parents feel their child is suffering from depression and anxiety, professional intervention may be needed. Christian Health Care Counseling Center provides outpatient treatment for children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families. For more information about Christian Health Care Counseling Center, call (201) 848-5800 or email khockstein@chccnj.org. For more tips on recognizing signs of stress and depression, and to learn ways to alleviate and/or address them, please visit: ChristianHealthCare.org.

CHCC’s special community program on teen suicide is one among many important educational and/or support programs offered to the community at no cost. Seating is limited and registration is required by calling (201) 848-4463 or emailing khockstein@chccnj.org. Light refreshments will be served. For a full list of upcoming events, visit ChristianHealthCare.org.

CHCC provides a broad continuum of high-quality, compassionate care, offering superior senior-life, short-term rehab, and mental-health services. As a non-profit organization, we deliver care to our community based upon the Christian principles on which we were founded more than a century ago.

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