Kids in Crisis hosts second annual TeenTalk Summit

TeenTalk Summit panelists, from left, Jeffrey Vanderploeg, Suzanne Koroshetz, Greenwich Police Chief James Heavey, Stacey Gross, Tina Rivera, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, and Alexis Bivens.

TeenTalk Summit panelists, from left, Jeffrey Vanderploeg, Suzanne Koroshetz, Greenwich Police Chief James Heavey, Stacey Gross, Tina Rivera, Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei, and Alexis Bivens.

The state of mental health resources and the critical need for more of them in the region’s schools was the focus of the second annual TeenTalk Summit held at AITE High School in Stamford on July 15.

A distinguished panel, including First Selectman Peter Tesei and Chief of Police James Heavey, spoke of the trends and challenges faced by children, families and schools.

The TeenTalk Summit was hosted by Cos Cob-based Kids in Crisis, an agency providing free emergency shelter, crisis counseling and community programs to children and families within the Fairfield County region and throughout the state. The panel discussed the wide range of issues experienced by adolescents today, and the critical need for mental health resources within schools.

Members of the panel also spoke about the benefits of TeenTalk, a Kids in Crisis program that places trained counselors in area middle and high schools. Caroline Hale serves as the TeenTalk counselor at Western Middle School, and the 2014-2015 school year will see the program implemented for the first time at Central Middle School.

TeenTalk counselors provide a confidential support system for students dealing with the wide range of issues that arise in adolescence. Area town officials, community leaders and school personnel were in attendance.

The panel was comprised of community notables, including Mr. Tesei and Chief Heavey. Jeffrey Vanderploeg, vice president of the Child Health Development Institute; Stacey Gross, principal of Ridgefield High School and a former Greenwich Public Schools official; Alexis Bivens, program director for the Fairfield County Community Foundation; Suzanne Koroshetz, principal of Brien McMahon High School as moderator; and Tina Rivera, principal of AITE High School, all took part as well.

Area schools interested in introducing the TeenTalk program into their schools may contact Denise Qualey, managing director of Crisis and Clinical Services at Kids in Crisis, at 203-622-6556.

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