A Boy At My School Died by SuicideSuicideA Boy At My School Died by Suicide<div class="ExternalClassEF04EF24F2A645B7A8A0F422119AA932"><p style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;">​<span>A boy at my school committed suicide on Friday. I didn't know him, I don't even remember seeing him at school. It really got to me once I got to sixth period on Friday when I kept seeing people I knew crying and not themselves. My family doesn't understand, they think its just my anxiety making me upset. I felt wrong being in school the rest of the day just carrying on with our work when a boy took his own life. I am president of a club at my school. I don't know if they've already started organizing an event in memory of him, but if we haven't yet, I really do want to. I have no idea what to do or how I should feel. I'm going to the candlelighting with my friend tommorow, but I feel as though he deserves much more than that. I just don't want to upset the school since I know firsthand how it felt all day on Friday. Thank you for listening to me vent and have a great day. </span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div><div class="ExternalClass5490DE4808D0425CA16297CBA0713AEA"><div><div class="ExternalClassEF04EF24F2A645B7A8A0F422119AA932"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We are so glad you are reaching out tonight to talk. It often deeply effects people to find that someone, even if it’s not a friend, has ended their life. It can impact entire communities in just the way you have described. It’s such a tragedy when someone has gone through so much pain that they made the decision to end their lives, and your grief is a totally normal response to this event. </span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>There are many stages of grief that you and those at your school may go through, and it’s wonderful that your response to that feeling is to commemorate your fellow student in some way. This says so much about you as a person, and is such a caring and empathetic response to have. Often, this experience can cause people to spend time dwelling on suicide, which can lead to some depression, so please reach out to a school guidance counselor or to us if you start to lose motivation, lose interest in activities you love, don’t want to see friends and family, and feel overwhelmingly sad.  </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Instead of focusing on event to honor this student's memory, think about an event to raise awareness for suicide prevention services. Let your fellow students know that there is help available and they can work through the emotions that they are facing. By keeping the focus on suicide prevention you are sending a loud clear message that there is hope. This is truly the best way to honor this student's memory.</span><span><br></span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We want you to know we are here to support you. You can talk to a counselor any time.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Sincerely,</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Shannon, Counselor</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div></div> </div>15

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