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PARKLAND (CBSMiami) – Parkland Strong is taking on a new meaning as two survivors of last year’s deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have taken their own lives in just the past week.
Have you ever wished you were dead?
Have you had thoughts of killing yourself?
Have you thought about how you might do it?
Have you had intentions of acting of suicidal thoughts?
Have you started to work out details of killing yourself?
Have you done anything to prepare to end your life?
If the answer is yes to 4, 5 or 6, get help immediately and don’t leave them alone.
“My message, call 211 in Broward or Miami-Dade you can call 211 [as well],” Petty said. “If you’re uncomfortable calling, text 741741, text the letters FL, and you’ll be connected to a trained therapist that can help you find the resources you need.”
“If you’re not comfortable with the answer you got, ask again the next day,” he suggested. “Don’t worry about asking your child over and over these questions. Things change, and their feelings about what happened on February 14th may change over time.”
The group is hoping that anyone hurting will realize that they’re not alone.
“What I want the community to know is that we care, we’re here. There are resources available to you and you must communicate with your children and children, you gotta talk to your friends,” she said.
Help and informational links:
The Columbia Lighthouse Project: http://cssrs.columbia.edu/the-columbia-scale-c-ssrs/cssrs-for-families-friends-and-neighbors/
Tomorrow’s Rainbow: https://www.tomorrowsrainbow.org/
Also, if you or anyone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, help is available.
There is free counseling and confidential support available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.