There is tragic news coming out of Woodstock Ontario where 5 young people have committed suicide in the last 4 months.
Many more attempts have been reported.
This would create waves anywhere but in a town of just over 30,000 it’s like waiting for a tsunami.
Reasons behind the deaths are not uncommon with stress being caused by bullying and anxiety.
Meetings are taking place between parents and officials. Health care workers are trying to ease concerns.
It seems stigma still surrounds suicide and some question whether acknowledgement helps or encourages others to do the same.
I think communication is key.
Kids don’t need their parents’ permission to speak their minds, they do it on social media every day.
Many times their parents are oblivious to what is going on or writing it off to adolescence.
A Facebook page set up by a concerned citizen is providing a platform for those who want to talk in the town.
And it seems to be working.
Perhaps that’s what parents and officials should be focused on, communicating with the kids.
That’s what seems to be lacking these days.
I’m Scott Thompson.
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