Concerned citizens agree to experience trauma debriefing

Concerned citizens agree to experience trauma debriefing After meeting for more than an hour April 13 at Vermillion High School, a group of concerned citizens informally known as Healthy Kids/Healthy Community agreed to meet again � not to talk about their concerns, but to learn. by David Lias After meeting for more than an hour April 13 at Vermillion High School, a group of concerned citizens informally known as Healthy Kids/Healthy Community agreed to meet again � not to talk about their concerns, but to learn.

People of all generations gathered in the Vermillion High School commons in a proactive, rather than reactive response following the recent suicide of a VHS student.

In approximately a year�s time, three young people of the Vermillion community have taken their lives. The most recent suicide occurred a little more than a month ago.

The citizens� group agreed April 13 that it would be beneficial for them to experience the debriefing process implemented by school staff and counselors in the community following a suicide or other traumatic event.

The first session was held Monday, April 17 at the high school. The next debriefing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 25.

The group sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Adults and youth of all ages are invited to participate.

Griffith said he was especially grateful to see more than young people and parents in the crowd. Part of the audience included grandparents.

�I appreciate all of you taking the time for our kids and for our community, and for taking the time to communicate off of each other and discuss with each other some ideas,� Griffith said. �We can share these ideas so that we can make this a safer community for our kids and for our families.�

Parents held their first meeting within a couple days of the most recent suicide, Griffith said. �We felt it was important to meet with them the Monday after the tragedy to be able to discuss some of concerns and some of the things that we could do immediately.�

A wide range of issues have been identified in the last month or so, from the effects of young people�s drug and alcohol use to peer pressure and communication.

A priority, Griffith said, is to make sure that suicide and other traumatic issues receive attention in the community.

�This is something that�s been identified by both parents and youth,� he said.

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