Teen Suicide Forums
In summer 2016, Sno-Isle Libraries hosted four public forums about the causes, scope and prevention of teen suicide in Snohomish, Stanwood, Mukilteo and Oak Harbor, Washington. Scroll down for details; scroll further for related library resources plus community and online resources. If you have attended one of these forums and didn't complete a paper survey, or have other comments, please fill out our online survey.
All events will start at 6:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.
Moderator: Debbie Emge, Economic Development Manager, City of Snohomish
Panelists: Rena Fitzgerald, Crisis Chat Senior Program Manager, Volunteers of America Western Washington; Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director, Snohomish Health District; Megan LaPlante, Miss Washington High School America 2016 winner and Monroe High School student
July 7, Stanwood Camano Community Resource Center
Photos from the event
Moderator: John Rivera, Chief Philanthropy Officer for Cocoon House
Panelists: Rena Fitzgerald, Crisis Chat Senior Program Manager, Volunteers of America Western Washington; Gabrielle Fraley, Epidemiologist, Snohomish Health District; Megan LaPlante, Miss Washington High School America 2016 winner and Monroe High School student; Jennifer Zill, psychologist, Stanwood High School
July 13, Rosehill Community Center, Mukilteo, WA
Moderator: Jennifer Gregerson, Mayor, City of Mukilteo
Panelists: Wendy Burchill, Healthy Communities Specialist, Snohomish Health District; Rena Fitzgerald, Crisis Chat Senior Program Manager, Volunteers of America Western Washington; Liza Patchen-Short, Children’s Mental Health Liaison, Snohomish County Human Services; Riley Kizziar, 2016 Kamiak High School graduate
July 21, Oak Harbor Library, 1000 SE Regatta Dr., Oak Harbor, WA
Moderator: Sarri Gilman, author and psychotherapist
Panelists: Rena Fitzgerald, Crisis Chat Senior Program Manager, Volunteers of America Western Washington; Megan LaPlante, Miss Washington High School America 2016 winner and Monroe High School student; Charlene Ray, Mental Health Supervisor/School-based Mental Health Program Coordinator, Island County Human Services; Catherine VanWetter, University of Washington and Island County Health Department
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
"Teen suicide" and "cyberbullying" as search terms will bring good results.
- MasterFILE Premier
Use the term "teen suicide" and you'll retrieve articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
"Teen Suicide" has an entire resource page in this database of reports, articles, statistics, and books.
- ProQuest Family Health
Read articles from journals and newspapers about "Teen suicide" from the health perspective.
about important topics
Sno-Isle Libraries' Issues That Matter programs are meant to encourage community conversations on high-profile topics. These events are free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.
Follow Issues That Matter on Twitter, hashtag #snoisleITM
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21st Century Policing, July 2015
End of Life Health Care: Honoring Choices, January 2015
Health Care, Your Way, October 2014
Drugs in Our Communities, August 2014
Bullying, September 2013
Gun Violence, May 2013
Same-Sex Marriage, September 2012
Marijuana Initative 502, May 2012
Hate Crimes, November 2011
State Income Tax Fall 2010
Watch this video for a glimpse of past forums that have provided the public with a variety of viewpoints.