TIG collaboration
"Children carry more between home & school than lunch and a backpack. Working together we can lighten their load." –National Association of School Psychologists

Brooks Recognizes Consortium on Trauma, Illness and
Grief for 10 Years of Service

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks today recognized the Consortium on Trauma, Illness and Grief in Schools (TIG) for its ten years of assisting area school districts with response to events involving trauma, illness, violence and death. The Monroe County Department of Human Services Office of Mental Health started this initiative with Kids Adjusting Through Support (KATS) and the American Red Cross of Greater Rochester in 2001 as a pilot program. Since then, TIG has grown to include over 300 school staff, representing all school districts in Monroe County.

“Over the last ten years, the members of TIG have lent their professional expertise to respond and support area students, faculty, and community residents in times of crisis,” said Brooks. “While no school district ever wants to face such situations, having a well-trained response staff makes all the difference to those who are affected by these unexpected and emotional events.”

The Consortium on Trauma, Illness and Grief in Schools offers school personnel a variety of training opportunities and ongoing clinical support and resources to help children cope with trauma, illness, death and loss in school settings. Many of these training opportunities are provided by community resources including; the Strong Department of Psychiatry, Lifetime Care, A Caring Place, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Brain Injury Association of New York and Melissa’s Living Legacy.

Today, the consortium welcomed keynote speaker, Mary Jean Coleman, Upstate Regional Director/National Director of Field Programs, American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Staff members from AFSP conducted a workshop focusing on, “After a Suicide; A Toolkit for Schools.” This workshop and toolkit will be used to assist school communities in obtaining reliable information and practical tools to use in the aftermath of a tragic event.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Additionally, one in every 25 lives lost to suicide in this country was someone from New York State. Many of these incidents may have been preventable with appropriate intervention strategies during the crisis, and through effective responses to family, friends and the community following a suicide.

Evidence of Excellence  - DHS Newsletter - Issue 04 Winter 2011-2012

Behind accidents and homicide, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24-year-olds.

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