Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among teenagers, according to the CDC.
That’s one reason why residents in Webster gathered tonight to talk about mental health and suicide prevention.
At Webster Thomas High School, presenters urged parents and teachers to learn more about mental health and told them how to help children who may be at risk or in trouble.
“Mental health is just like physical health,” says Karen Heisig, the Board Chair of the WNY Chapter of Suicide Prevention.
“So we have to talk about it and treat it accordingly. So where the challenge is that it takes losing a loved one before people are willing to have the conversation “
Monroe County has a local coalition if you need help. It’s called the partners for Suicide Prevention Coalition.
You can go to www.suicidepreventioncoalition.org to check for up to date information and upcoming events.