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Troy Public Schools hosting assembly on teen suicide

by The Western News
| September 23, 2022 7:00 AM

With teen suicide and attempts on the rise across the country and locally, Troy Public Schools is hosting an assembly Wednesday, Sept. 28.

"Our community has experienced recent suicide attempts, and both Libby and Eureka have lost children in the past 12 months to suicide," School Superintendent Jacob Francom said in an email.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, Troy Junior/Senior High School will hold an assembly at 8 a.m. to address suicide and mental health issues.

"My Ascension" is a hard-hitting documentary that follows the journey of Emily Benoit, a high school student who survived her suicide attempt and her journey of emotional and physical recovery.

Here’s a link to a trailer for the film:

The video presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with a panel of mental-health experts, including Cody Pallister, school Psychologist; Sherri Bell, school Therapist; Amy Fantozzi, Western Montana Mental Health; Trista Gilmore, school Nurse.

Troy Schools is also partnering with the Nate Chute Foundation in Whitefish, Montana, to develop ongoing support and care for students struggling with this difficult topic.

You can learn more about them here:

"While we encourage all students to attend this important assembly, we realize the subject matter is likely to be upsetting to some," Francom said. "If you wish for your child to be excused from the program, please email Mr. Palmer at no later than noon on Tuesday, Sept. 27."

Folks are also welcome to attend a parent/community presentation and panel discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Troy High School Auditorium. The format for both programs is identical.

"Lastly, if you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal ideation, help is available," Francom said.

The suicide prevention lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also text their crisis line. Text MT to 741 741.