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The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. I am grateful for the continued public awareness and open discussions about this very serious topic. In a recent Impact Survey led by the TAA, an alarming 51% of adults and 32% of parents of children with TS reported to have considered suicide or participated in self-harming behaviors. In light of this, there are a number of helpful organizations (AFSP, NIMH, NAMI) and resources to support you and your loved ones, including Chapters and Support Groups across the country. Please know that if you need help, there is always someone to call. A Support Group Leader from the TAA Florida Chapter shared a personal story about how suicidal thoughts impacted her family that really hit home for me.
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This year’s Neurobiology of Disease in Children meeting, as part of the larger Child Neurology Society Conference, focused on Tourette Syndrome for the first time in approximately 10 years. The Tourette Association of America supported and presented at this all-day meeting in Chicago, which included a number of Young Investigators interested in learning more about TS.