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April 28, 2008      

The Inner World of a Suicidal Youth: What Every Parent and Health Professional Should Know

Millie Osborne, M.D., psychiatrist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University, and author of The Inner World of a Suicidal Youth: What Every Parent and Health Professional Should Know, will give a talk to empower parents and professionals to identify and address signs of suicidal ideation, depression, and other dimensions in children's development.

This free event is on Monday, May 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Beatley Central Library, (5005 Duke St). The evening will include light refreshments, a book raffle and CEU certificates for health care professionals.

Dr. Osborne, who is a mother of four, has more than 20 years experience helping people recover from self-destructive behaviors. As Medical Director to the Arlington Community Services Board and editor of a healthcare newsletter, she mentors students, develops educational programs on suicide, and provides second opinion consultations.

According to Dr. Osborne, existing approaches to preventing youth suicide have had little impact on reducing the number of suicides and attempts—evidenced by the fact that suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth ages 15 to 24. For every completed suicide by a youth, it is estimated that 100-200 attempts are made.

Alexandria Community Services Board’s System of Care Family Partner Program, in recognition of National Mental Health Month, coordinated the May 12 program. Funding was provided by the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services. 

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, contact Jennifer Cohen Cordero at 703.838.4455, ext. 161 or email jennifer.cohen-cordero@alexandriava.gov