To the Journal editor:
I am writing in the hopes that through awareness and education we as concerned citizens can help with teen suicide. Suicide remains a taboo topic for families, communities and newspapers.
Recently there has been a significant amount of suicides in Marquette County. I believe that some of these cases could be prevented with awareness through our schools.
I think that programs should be put in place permanently to discuss the issues of teen suicides, what people should look for in people that are suicidal and how to help them.
Warning signs of suicide can include threats to hurt oneself, making plans or preparation for a suicide attempt, intense anxiety, feeling desperate or trapped, reckless behavior, increased alcohol or drug use and withdrawing from friends and family.
People should know that there are people that can help. If you know someone who may be contemplating suicide, they should be taken to an emergency room and not left alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can also provide assistance at 800-273-TALK (8255).
Suicide is an uncomfortable topic for most people. It's rarely discussed. When the discussions do happen, it's often after the fact. If we band together as a community we can fight this war against teen suicide.