Catholic Charities NH counselors address issue at St. Charles Borromeo in Meredith on Oct. 26

MEREDITH – Is your teenager struggling with suicidal thoughts? Are you concerned about the influence the recent Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why," may have on your child? Do you know how to talk to a teen or young adult about suicide?

Get answers to these and other questions at “Talking to Teens About Suicide,” from 6:30-8 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 26, at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Meredith.

Parents and all who work with teens and young adults are welcome to the free program. It is being held in Meredith to make it more convenient for those who live from the Lakes Region and points north to attend.

In response to reports of a significant rise in suicidal behavior and thinking among New Hampshire teens, Catholic Charities New Hampshire and the Diocese of Manchester will host this program to increase awareness of teen suicide and offer guidance on how to respond.

The Rev. John J. Mahoney Jr., Director of Catholic Charities New Hampshire Counseling Services, will lead a team of Catholic Charities NH counselors skilled in working with adolescents in dispelling myths and identifying risk factors and warning signs of teen suicide. This is not a training session, but is intended to improve awareness at a time when the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked suicide the second-leading cause of death for Americans ages 10 to 34 years old.

To register online or for more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/teensuicide.