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Taking a Stand posterDistrict to host community-wide event...
Taking a Stand: A community united to confront bullying
and other issues facing our youth

April 25, 2011—The Guilderland Central School District and PTA organizations are pleased to invite parents and community members to attend an important evening of conversation related to bullying, cyberbullying, teen depression, and suicide.

"Taking a Stand: A community united to confront bullying and other issues facing our youth" will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Guilderland High School Auditorium. This informational evening will focus on some of the most challenging issues facing our youth today and will feature numerous community groups and professional organizations on-hand to speak with parents and provide resources.

Organizations scheduled to be in attendance include:

United Way 211, including Crisis Chat and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Capital District Psychiatric Center

Albany County Department for Children, Youth and Families, including
Children’s Mental health, Child Protective Services, Youth Bureau, Prevention Programs, and Healthy Families

New York State Office of Mental Health: Suicide Prevention Center

Albany County Mobile Crisis/CART Team

St. Catherine’s Center for Children and the Bryon Center

Capital Region Child and Adolescent Mobile Team

Capital Region Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

New York Association of School Psychologists

Albany County Health Department

Addictions Care Center of Albany

Albany County District Attorney David Soares


Also featuring keynote speaker John Halligan

In addition to the community groups listed above, Taking a Stand will also welcome keynote speaker John Halligan whose son, Ryan, died by suicide on October 7, 2003 after being bullied by classmates at school and online. He was 13 years old.

Halligan's presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and will cover the lessons learned too late for his family regarding how to deal with bullying, cyberbullying, and teen depression. A nationally-known speaker, he has appeared on numerous television programs including CBS Early Morning Show, Good Morning America, CNN Anderson Cooper 360, PrimeTime with Diane Sawyer, PBS Frontline, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He now brings his story to Guilderland as part of this community-wide event. (Please note that due to the sensitive nature of the topic, this presentation may not be suitable for young children.) Learn more about the Halligans' story

Standing up to bullying and other issues facing our youth is a community issue. We hope that you will join us for this very important evening of information, education, and resources.