6/13/2022 - After a Suicide: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Dear DHS Families,

Darien High School and the Town of Darien Human Services Department will jointly offer a
parent presentation on Monday, June 13 at 7:00 pm, via Zoom, entitled, “After a Suicide: What
Every Parent Should Know.”

In the aftermath of the tragic and heartbreaking suicides in the DHS community, parents may
find themselves wondering:

  • How can I best support my child(ren)?
  • What’s the best way to talk to my kids about this frightening subject?
  • Is suicide contagion real?
  • What should I look for in my own kids? When should I worry?
  • Are antidepressants dangerous?

Join Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil, CT, JD, President of Coping After Suicide, for an adults-only
presentation followed by an open forum to address the emotions, concerns, and fears that
inevitably arise in the aftermath of suicide. Have your questions answered and get reliable
information, guidance, and reassurance.

Joanne is an international authority on suicide postvention and co-author of the original After a
Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools, the online resource used by hundreds of school communities
nationwide. She’s worked with public, private, and parochial educational institutions throughout
the United States and has been a featured presenter on school postvention at the American
Association of Suicidology, the California Suicide Prevention Network, the New York State
School Boards Association, the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado and Colorado
Department of Public Health & Environment, and the Wyoming Department of Health. She lost
her brother Stephen to suicide in 1993. (

Topic: After a Suicide: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Time: Jun 13, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
The presentation will be recorded and posted on the Darien Public Schools website and on the
Town of Darien website following the presentation