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CHILDREN’S COALITION EXPANDING SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM

The Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is expanding their suicide prevention program to middle school students with a $10,000 grant from the Junior League of Monroe. For more than fifteen years, the Coalition has implemented the SOS: Signs of Suicide program – a nationally recognized curriculum which includes education for caregivers and teachers about the signs of depression in young people and ways to seek help.

Members of the Junior League of Monroe voted to give grant funds to the Coalition to support the mental health of middle school students and to expand the SOS program to 5 schools this fall. 

In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. Crisis will affect families and children everywhere – whether from direct COVID-19 exposure or economic hardships caused by the pandemic. Resources such as this one will help families learn the signs, make a plan, and access screenings.

The Children’s Coalition Youth Development Coordinator, Jan Daniels, says, “We love the support of our own community members – they are helping us give our students the tools to ensure they are not only physically safe but mentally healthy. We must support them now more than ever.”

Lauren Traweek Voorhees, President of the Junior League of Monroe says, “The Junior League of Monroe started the Endowment Grant in 2005 to support programs in need throughout our community each year. Our members are beyond thrilled to partner with The Children’s Coalition to expand the SOS program. Our focus being, Women and Children at Risk, it seems more than fitting to assist with this mission in a time like this.  We love being able to give back in such an impactful way and look forward to being involved in this incredible program!”

Parents, caregivers, and professionals can find more information about the Children’s Coalition, including the SOS program at www.childrenscoalition.org or by calling 318-323-8775.

About the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana
The Children's Coalition for Northeast Louisiana is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1998 with the mission to create “communities where children and families thrive." The Coalition currently serves children and families in 14 parishes with services addressing the developmental, social, and emotional needs of children ages 0-18 through early care and education, health care, parenting education, and youth development.

About the Junior League of Monroe
The Junior League of Monroe is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. We reach out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.

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