LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Teen-age suicide survivor Jordan Burnham of King of Prussia, now a motivational speaker who encourages young people to talk about depression and suicide with their parents and other adults, was a guest speaker Thursday (March 19, 2009) at a series of three Pottsgrove High School assemblies.
Burnham “shared his compelling message,” a “unique story of how depression changed his life,” with students and faculty members during separate assemblies for freshmen, sophomores, and a combined presentation for juniors and seniors, the high school website reported. His address, sponsored by Pottsgrove’s SNAP Academy, served as a break for students from three days of “intensive” state-required academic testing, it said.
District Director of Technology Dr. Kristen Kozloski described Burnham’s message as “very moving.”
The SNAP (Student Needs Assistance Program) Academy is a team of student leaders at the high school who, with teachers, provide guidance and resources to other students, and organize drug- and alcohol-free activities. It receives funding from the district and the Pottstown Area Health And Wellness Foundation.
SNAP said Burnham’s appearance was representing The National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, a nationwide non-partisan public education effort launched in 1999.
Photo from Pottsgrove High School