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Helping Students Deal With Stress

Over the last several weeks, our school family has experienced two tragedies which have significantly impacted our students, staff, and administration, said Dr. Jeff Perry, superintendent of Hamblen County Schools. 

We are extending an invitation to all civic groups, governmental agencies, faith-based organizations, and youth advocacy groups to meet with school officials on November 26 at 12:00 noon.  We will meet in the Heritage Room at the Board of Education Office. 

Losing a student is always a difficult and challenging time for everyone.  The issue is even more difficult when it involves a young person taking his or her own life. 

Across the nation, we are seeing an increasing number of young adults who are committing suicide.  It has now become the second leading cause of death among teenagers.  We want to do everything within our power to reverse this trend and to help young adults make better decisions.   

Without question, finding a solution and answer to this problem will not be an easy one.  It is a highly complicated issue which will require much effort, thought, coordination, and persistence to resolve; however, we hold the firm belief that a committed and dedicated group of individuals within the community and schools can have a positive influence on our young adults. 

We are extending an invitation to all civic groups, governmental agencies, faith-based organizations, and youth advocacy groups to meet with school officials on November 26 at 12:00 noon.  We will meet in the Heritage Room at the Board of Education Office. 

This meeting will have two primary purposes.  First, we will provide an opportunity for various groups to discuss and share ideas on how we can effectively address this problem.  It is clear that our youth are feeling a significant amount of stress and pressure.  It seems this pressure is so severe that many are considering suicide as a viable option and solution for their problems. 

We need to understand the nature and basis for this stress before we attempt to develop a solution.  Second, we will discuss ways in which we can coordinate services within the community to better serve our children.  We will talk about how each community group can help to provide support to our youth and to be a positive experience for them. 

We are asking each group to bring a small number of key decision-makers within their organization to this meeting.  We would like to see several organizations represented but we want to keep the entire group small enough to have meaningful conversations.  Please contact us at 423-586-7700 if you have any questions.  We hope to see you soon.      

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