Parkland looks beyond therapy to reach teens after suicides

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Parkland community leaders are trying to connect with teens who are averse to traditional therapy in the aftermath of two student suicides.

A local nonprofit was planning to open a teen wellness center near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School next month offering karaoke nights, yoga, kickboxing and acupuncture for students who weren’t interested in talking to a therapist. But the center opened ahead of schedule Monday to address emergency needs of students and their families.

The first Parkland suicide took place March 16. Cara Aiello told WFOR-TV her 18-year-old daughter Sydney had suffered from survivor’s guilt after her friend was among the 17 killed in the school massacre last year.

Coral Springs police Officer Tyler Reik confirmed that a Stoneman Douglas sophomore apparently killed himself Saturday, but officials were still awaiting autopsy results.

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