A plan to fight teen suicide will be revealed by former Governor Richard Codey Wednesday at Liberty Middle School Auditorium in West Orange.
Codey, according to Julie Bannon, executive director of the Codey Fund for Mental Health, will be joined by two New Jersey parents whose children died by suicide.
One of the parents will be Rockaway Township’s Dianne Grossman, whose daughter, Mallory, attended Copeland Middle School where she was allegedly bullied until it became too much to bear, her mother said.
“It is an honor to share our story, to bring not just awareness but solutions to an epidemic that is destroying lives,” Grossman said Tuesday. “Suicide rates for teens and tweens continues to increase. It’s time we all rise up to help our youth in crisis.”
Grossman has said schools “need to do a better job” reporting bullying to authorities and responding to parents’ concerns and has been teaming up with lawmakers in a search for solutions.
Mental health experts will also be on hand as they announce a three-pronged initiative specifically geared toward dealing with the serious statewide epidemic of teen suicide, according to a statement announcing the event.
Codey’s wife, Mary Jo Codey, will also be in attendance.
The plan calls for specialized training of school staff and new legislation to establish a pilot program, and statewide Teen Suicide and Depression Task Force.
The news conference will begin at 11 a.m.