Midland Church Adds to Suicide Forums

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It seems that ever day, in response to a string of teen suicides, communities are taking steps as a whole to do whatever they can to stop them.

Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Midland held a forum on Wednesday night.

More than 50 people in the community arrived for the forum.

They asked questions and were engaged in discussion by two local licensed professional counselors.

Teenagers were also in attendance, some said they even knew some of the MISD students who committed suicide.

Among the topics they wanted to stress to the community were the symptoms and signs of suicide and how to get troubled teens to talk about it.

"In a study of 59 adolescents who had thought about suicide, the parents were only aware in six cases," Licensed Professional Counselor, Patricia Homer, said. "Even more worrisome, out of 36 children who had made suicide attempts, the parents were only aware of this in just two cases."

The counselors said the goal of this meeting was to communicate to teens to speak up about their depression instead of keeping it bottled in.

They also encouraged teens not to be afraid to talk to their parents and not to keep their depression a secret.