The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 28, 1999


Community leaders address alarming youth issues

Emerson Hospital, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest, and the Concord and Concord-Carlisle School Districts co-sponsored a meeting last week where over 50 community leaders and public and private school faculty and administrators convened to discuss the 1998 youth risk behavior survey results.

Concord sixth- and eighth-grade students, and CCHS 11th graders were given this survey last spring in an effort to assess the health needs of teens in our community. Three primary areas of concern emerged: suicidal thoughts and actions, substance abuse and dietary behavior (fad diets and use of laxatives as a weight loss method,)

The members spent one-and-a-half hours wrestling with the personal and societal causes around the topic of depression and suicidal thoughts. Action plans to reduce these pressures are being developed for implementation starting in the fall. At the next meeting in June, the group will discuss the other topics, substance abuse and dietary behaviors, and begin to develop more action plans.

Police chief David Galvin , Kimberly Reid and Kathy Horan from the Carlisle School, Carlisle School Committee chair, David Dockterman, CSA members Karen Huntress and Sara Rolley and CCHS co-president Jean Ford Webb were among those who attended. The next meeting will be held on June 16. Anyone interested in helping to tackle these issues should call Barbara Howland at 369-5250 to register.

Howland is executive director of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito