The radio has been bleating about the ‘epidemic’ of suicide attempts and completions in the area around the Hazeltons.
After I wept for the despair that leads young people to take their own lives, I was left wondering what I can do.
Yes, we need jobs and economic opportunities. Yes, we need after-school programs and safe activities. Yes, we need counselors with qualifications to deal with mental health/addictions issues as well as depression and death temptation. Yes, we need committed long-term resources to implement ALL of these and I certainly intend to make my voice heard on that.
But we also need a strong, supportive and resilient community - and this is up to ALL OF US - every day - in every lineup - in every conversation over the counter - in every moment of eye contact with a stranger walking down the street!!