The Siegel Jewish Community Center and Jewish Family Services of Delaware will host a Parent-Teen Wellness Summit, a conversation of mental health, at 6:30 p.m. July 25 at the Siegel JCC, 101 Garden of Eden Road, Wilmington.

Topics of conversation will include myths and facts about mental illness; the impact of stigma; signs and symptoms of mental illness; signs of suicide and how to help; and how treatment and recovery are possible

The summit will include the Ending the Silence program for teens, led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness; and the LifeLines program for parents, led by the Mental Health Association. These programs will run concurrently, and a joint panel discussion with leading professionals from the mental health field will be held afterward. Other participating organizations include Nemours/A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, the Rockford Center and umttr.

The summit was created to address a rise in youth suicides in the Wilmington area, including the loss of a Siegel JCC staff member.

“Our community was rocked by the loss of one of our own. Speaking with other teen staff members has really opened my eyes to how important it is to create safe spaces for conversations about difficult topics for teens and their families,” said Becky Stahl, Siegel JCC youth and family director.

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