I am writing to provide a brief update on the tragic news shared early this morning and to provide information on support available at CCHS this weekend.
Today staff members from CPS, CCHS, and Carlisle went to each class to notify students and staff of the dreadful news. We had a team of people supporting students and staff. We remain in close contact with the family, and they are so gracious and kind while dealing with grief beyond words. Our thoughts are with them.
Below is correspondence from Dr. Hunter that includes resources and information about this weekend.
Take care of yourself and each other.
The recent death of our student, Chase Bjork, has impacted many if not all of us in some way. This is a tragedy for the Bjork family, for our school and for our community, and we are all deeply saddened by what has happened. We are grieving the loss of one of our own.Support for anyone in need is being offered in multiple forms:
- There will be Open Hours at CCHS on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 AM - 1 PM and Sunday, February 2, from 2 PM - 4 PM with counselors present for anyone (students, parents, faculty, and community members).
- The bottom of this message has a list of Mental Health Resources for Youth and Families.
- The school is working closely with the Riverside Community Care, a Department of Mental Health funded organization that provides support to schools and communities following suicides. They are helping us to plan student support groups, conduct staff training and provide more resources for parents. More information will be forthcoming.
- Counselors and teachers at the schools are providing ongoing support to students. This support will continue over the coming days and weeks.
- More supports and training will be available through the Center for Parents and Teachers, the Parent Teacher Groups, and Riverside Community Care.This is a time for our community to grieve and there are no easy answers. We need to be accessible to one another and to truly listen when someone opens up to us. In short, we need to be here for each other during this difficult time.
Sincerely,Dr. Laurie Hunter, Superintendent
Mental Health Services for Youth and FamiliesThis list of resources is presented in an attempt to provide options for those seeking assistance.Their mention herein does not necessarily indicate the endorsement of Concord-Carlisle High School.LOCAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCESCCHS Guidance Dept. (978)341-2941 or (978)341-2924Emerson Hospital (978) 369-1400Advocates 800-640-5432 (mobile risk assessment service)Concord Emergency Services (police & fire dispatch) (978)318-3400Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (800)799-7233Elliot Community Health Services (800)988-1111Concord Health Department (978)318-3275
William James College Interface, Help-Line, Website: www.interface.williamjames.edu
; 617-332-3666, x 411HELP FOR TEENSNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800)273-TALK (24 hr.)National Hope Line Network (800)442-HOPE (4673)Covenant House Nine Line (800) 999-9999Boston Emergency Screening Team (800) 981-HELPBoston Area Rape Crisis Center (800) 841-8371Fenway Community Health Center Peer Listening Line(Hotline for GLBT teens) (800) 399-7337Samaritans Teen Line (For Teens Only) (800) 525-TEEN (24hrs.)HELP FOR FAMILIESRiverside Emergency Services Team 24-hr Crisis Line: (800) 529-5077Parental Stress Line (800) 632-8188 (24 hrs.)Samaritans Hotline (617) 247-0220 (24 hrs.)Riverside Outpatient Center (617) 969-4925SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT AND SUPPORTMA Substance Abuse Information and Education Help Line (800) 327-5050Substance Abuse Treatment Referral (800) 662-HELPAlcoholics Anonymous (Boston) (617) 426-9444Al-Ateen 508-366-0556WEBSITES