On Monday, September 18, representatives from the Philadelphia area’s largest healthcare and educational institutions gathered at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the third Suicide Prevention Town Hall. The coalition, made up of organizations from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, focused on preventing suicide in college students.
“College is an especially vulnerable time for adolescents,” says Tami Benton, MD, Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “Many of these young people are away from home and from their support systems for the first time. It can be an extremely lonely experience for some.”
Dr. Benton also pointed out the correlation between repeated concussions and depression, adding that while many teams are quick to pull players off the field, student athletes should make sure they are getting proper rest following a concussion.
You can read more about the Town Hall on Philly.com and KYW Newsradio’s website.