On the serious side of things tonight….

I found an article in a little paper The Ledger with the headline “Youth Suicide Epidemic Is Sweeping Across TN”. It caught my attention and I thought it might be good to share some resources. This is an uncomfortable subject, especially for us parents, and with this being so important to our young people and because very few papers are covering this topic, I feel like knowledge is power, so here is what I found.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new fatal injury data for Tennessee. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle and high school aged kids. In fact, (according to the article) we lose a young person (10-24) every 2.7 days in Tennessee alone. I find these number shocking, and quite frankly, pitiful. We should be doing better than this, or at the very least talking about it and sharing resources.That being said, suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death. Talking about this and reaching out with resources will make a difference.

Know the warning signs, know how you can help; you truly could save a life!

If you or someone you know or love is struggling with depression and/or thinking about suicide, get help now.

The National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This is FREE and available 24/7.

The Jason Foundation is another great resource. They are a nationally recognized leader in youth suicide prevention and awareness. All programs and materials are available to the public for FREE. To learn more about the warning signs associated with suicide and how you can help, visit www.JasonFoundation.com.

On a personal note, if YOU are having thoughts of suicide and feel alone. I am always here. Call me, I WILL get you to the people that can help you. Call or email me anytime. I am serious. 615-737-9500 Darlas.Rai@cumulus.com. You matter to me. Love, ~Darlas

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