Mt. Horeb school board meets to discuss suicide prevention

MT. HOREB (WKOW) -- Parents in Mt. Horeb are coming together to find solutions after three young people in the community committed suicide in the past few weeks. 

The school board heard from dozens of concerned parents and community members Thursday night, to come up with an emergency plan of action. 

Some who spoke offered suggestions, like introducing mental health education early. 

"Our kindergarteners are learning how to do keyboarding but they don't know how to ask for help or they don't know why they feel a certain way," one woman said at the meeting.Another emphasized the importance of banding together to find a way to prevent these tragedies in the future. "The goal has to be finding how we can all shoulder the responsibility of finding a solution," she said.

People in Mt. Horeb are organizing a gathering Sunday night. The "Together for Hope" community walk will start at the fire station at 8 p.m. 

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that on July 9, a 19 year old committed suicide.  On July 13th, a 21 year old committed suicide and this past Monday, July 16, a 10 year is suspected of doing the same.  Police say the deaths don't appear to be connected. 

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, there is help out there. You can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It's a network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in crisis 24 hours a day. You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741 to be connected with a Crisis Counselor.

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