As part of Spirit Week at Carbondale Area Jr./Sr. High School, an assembly was held on the topic of Mental Health and Wellness.

On October 3, 2017, students at Carbondale Area High School were given the privilege to participate in an Assembly on Prevention of Suicide.

This assembly’s objective was to promote awareness of suicide prevention and of various mental-health issues and to educate our school community about these very important subjects.

The Homecoming advisors, Mrs. Marisa Durkin and Mrs. Michelle Gerken are shown in the picture making a donation to the Lou Ruspi Foundation.

This foundation was created and founded by Karla Farina and Teressa Stann in memory of their brother, Lou Ruspi Jr. who committed suicide.

The LJR Foundation mission is to reduce the stigma attached to emotional illness and increase education on mental health in school districts.

These presentations have already made a great impact on several students from our area.

The content of the presentation was engaging and informative allowing some students to gain the courage to open up and get help.

By providing these presentations free of charge, this foundation hopes to help others suffering from depression and other emotional problems like those that plagued their younger brother.

They want to do all that they can to reach out to those affected by these illnesses and urge them to “break the silence.”

The presentation was led by licensed professional counselors, Christine Desousa, LPC, and Dana Fortunato, NCC who are affiliated with the Foundation.