A major new NJSBA report, Building a Foundation for Hope, shows that youth are harming themselves at alarming rates.

From 2013 through 2015, the latest statistics available, 2,731 young people, ages 10 to 24, were treated in hospital emergency rooms for attempted suicide or self-inflicted injuries. During the same period of time, within the same age group, 283 suicides were reported, according to the NJSBA study.

Are districts and communities prepared for this type of tragedy? What supports need to be in place to help districts and students?

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the New Jersey School Boards Association will present District and Community Response to Trauma, the second program in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Series.

“As we know, the research is clear regarding the incredible benefits of a robust SEL program and its impact on student mental health as well as the positive impact on climate and culture within schools,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director.

The program will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NJSBA Headquarters, 413 W. State Street, Trenton.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

School district teams are encouraged to join other educational leaders for discussions, examples, and lessons learned.

Registration School board members may register themselves online for this training program. Online registration requires a password. If you need to retrieve your password, please click here.

For more information, contact Marcia Lavigne, Training Manager, at mlavigne@njsba.org.