Avon library film series continues Tuesday | VailDaily.com

Avon library film series continues Tuesday

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The rate of teenage suicide has tripled over the last 60 years – 28 teenagers a week now die by suicide. Depression and anxiety in adolescents often go unrecognized or untreated for years, and the results can be fatal. More than 90 percent of adolescents who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental illness at the time of their death. While school shootings are rare, signs of mental illness in the perpetrators of these crimes are not. School shooters often have a history of suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts or depression, which makes identifying those conditions through mental health screening critically important.

Join the Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle River Youth Coalition for a special screening of “Cry for Help” (NR), a PBS documentary, on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. “Cry for Help” takes an intimate look at the efforts of two high schools to identify adolescents at risk. Hamilton High School in Ohio and Clarkstown North High School in New York have both been affected by teen suicide and have launched new programs to prevent future tragedies.

“Cry for Help” is the second film in “Tackling Teen Topics,” a three-week film series geared toward teens and their parents. Concluding the series on April 19 will be “The World’s Most Dangerous Drug,” in which National Geographic correspondent Lisa Ling goes inside the methamphetamine epidemic to find out what makes the drug so addictive and destructive.

All films start at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s community room. Refreshments will be provided. Film screenings are free and open to the public. Films may not be appropriate for all audiences. For more information on these upcoming shows, call the Avon Public Library at 970-949-6797.

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