Catherine Strunk, a psychiatric nurse for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the director of the Surviving The Teens Program, interviews Debbie Brown, a mother who lost her to son to suicide. She talks about signs of depression, tools to help parents prevent this tragedy, and The Justin Brown Memorial Foundation .
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Recorded on 8/15/2008 at CET Studios
Teen suicide rates are growing at an alarming rate, but until you are personally affected, you may not realize how very real the problem is.
On April 11, 2006, my 14-year-old son Justin Brown ended his life.
In an attempt to find some positive in this senseless tragedy, I am working to educate others to recognize the signs of a troubled teen in the hope that no one will have to endure as I have the reality of teen suicide.
In April 2007, the Justin Brown Memorial Foundation was established to heighten awareness of teen suicide, and to provide services to aid in its prevention.
The Justin Brown Memorial Foundation hopes to provide vital information and services to those in need. It is our hope to provide grants to families and teens that cannot afford existing services.
Financial support for essential services and programs
Understanding that there IS a problem and that it’s GROWING
No child should feel that suicide is the only answer to his or her problems
Determination to educate people to see the signs early on, before it’s too late Success is saving lives
Existing services must be expanded, and more research must be done. One successful service program is ‘Surviving the Teens’, that works towards suicide PREVENTION. Coordinated by a registered nurse at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, this educational program provides student classroom instruction, parent information presentations and teacher training.