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Surviving Suicide: A Father's Journey
Program Overview
In the fall of 2009, Needham Youth Services offered a program entitled “Surviving Suicide: A Father’s Journey.” The program was facilitated by Youth Services Director Jon Mattleman and featured Rich Gatto (who lost his son, Greg, to suicide in 2004) and Rich Roberts (who lost his son, Jason, to suicide in 2009).

At this program, close to 200 parents squeezed into the Community Room at the Needham Public Library to hear these dads discuss their journey, to ask questions about what each had experienced, and to ask questions they had about their own children and keeping them safe.

This program was very well received, and also generated many questions from the audience. View a sampling of audience questions.

Challenging Conversations

Out of the above-mentioned program we then have created a new initiative entitled “Challenging Conversations...About Suicide” in an effort to afford parents an intimate opportunity to get their personal questions answered, and to provide a forum in which parents can share their personal concerns about suicide and keeping their children safe. Learn more about “Challenging Conversations."

For program feedback and evaluations, or for any further information, please contact Jon Mattleman at 781-455-7518, ext. 265.