See something, say something – Adolescent suicide awareness

Published 8:39 pm Thursday, August 17, 2023

Submitted by Tracy Johnson

Editor’s note: This article discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, don’t hesitate to contact the Suicide Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If you see something, say something. 

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Teachers, school staff – you have our children for approximately eight hours a day. That is more awake time than most parents have with them while they’re at home. You are the eyes and ears for these children. 

You see their personalities. You see their struggles. You see who’s shy, who’s mean. You see those who are alone, that may not fit in. You see those that get picked on, and the ones that do the picking. You see their emotions, happiness, sadness. You see their rejection, acceptance, those whose home life might not be the best. There are so many things that you see.

If you see something, say something. Say something to the child, to the parents. Say something to the guidance counselor, the principal. Say something! Help these children that may not say anything themselves. 

A recent study showed that suicide rates among adolescents doubled in 10 years. It is now the leading cause of death for 13-14-year-olds in the United States.

Please open your eyes and see.