Watch: Preventing Teen Suicide Town Hall Meeting
The FOX26 town hall meeting Tuesday night focused on preventing teen suicide and the people ready to help day or night.
Panelists reinforced that communication is the best way to create a breakthrough. They say the worst thing you can do when someone you love might be considering suicide is to say nothing.
The panel represented all areas of mental health. There was also a peer counselor. Jordan Buscos is a student at Clovis West High. "It's surprising to see how many people are in a dark place and don't know how to get help and are afraid of help. So it's not just an issue outside of schools. People in school are struggling."
Suicide prevention specialist Stan Collins advised parents to trust their instincts. "The worst thing you can do is say nothing. Open up that conversation. Create that space and at the same time realize one of the most important jobs is just to listen."
The executive director of NAMI, Christina Valdez-Roup recommends being supportive to a loved one in crisis. "Just hearing that they're not alone and they won't be alone through this journey. That they're going to stay with them and find help and support them. That they're not angry, that they're not upset."
A mother of three daughters shared with the FOX26 audience about losing her husband to suicide and the pain it has caused her children. "When we lose somebody, the manner of their death that's what summarizes their life. We have conversations about how they lived."
If you're seeking professional help the National Suicide Prevention hotline is 800-273-8255.
Another helpful resource is suicideispreventable.org.