Lexington Youth and Family Services, Inc. “Strengthening the Safety Net” First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Rd, Lexington 02421 LYFS side entrance door 781-862-0330 www.LYFSinc.org. 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Lexington School Department --------------------------
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“Strengthening the Safety Net”
First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Rd, Lexington 02421
LYFS side entrance door
Lexington School Department
SUICIDE: 206 Lexington High School students seriously considered suicide, 104 made a plan & 50 attempted it. Of these 50, 14 attempted 2 or 3 times to kill themselves.
DEPRESSION: 329 students reported feeling depressed often.
CUTTING AND SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR:
152 students reported having hurt themselves as a result of their depression.
ANGER: 520 students reported that even after expressing their anger, they still have trouble forgetting about it.
we see more…
Stress, depression, & anxiety
Suicidal/homicidal thoughts or actions
Other types of at-risk behavior
address because teens at risk often
Therefore, the challenge is to reach
our teens in crisis who are
disconnected and much harder
The word-of-mouth response has been growing weekly. Since spring 2011, our office has been open Fridays, 3-6pm.
We have already served:
60 - Number visits of teens and parents who have come to LYFS to help friends or just get information.
27- Number of crisis intervention and counseling sessions provided by the staff counselor and therapists.
Many young people report how depressed, stressed and/or suicidal they feel. Our goal is to help teens cope with their crisis.
Long-term Goals: spring 2011, our office has been open Fridays, 3-6pm.
Social and support groups for both teens and parents
A drop-in center – an accepting, welcoming place to “just be”
Peer leadership opportunities that will empower kids to reach out and help one another, with guidance from LYFS therapists
A crisis intervention hotline, to be serviced by teens, with LYFS therapist guidance
Board of Directors
Bill Blout, President
Constance Counts, Treasurer
Michele Cooke, Clerk
Youth Advisory Board
We welcome your interest in joining the board
or any other volunteer efforts.
The LYFS Youth Advisory Board is a group of dedicated Lexington teens who volunteer their time and input on important issues faced by their peers.
While office space is generously donated by the First Parish Church, we are not affiliated with any religious organization.
All of our volunteer therapists are licensed practitioners who donate their time.
Please give generously
and send a check to:
7 Harrington Rd
Lexington, MA 02421
All financial donations support
free direct services.
LYFS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.