The Elephant in the Room: About the Recent Teen Suicides
Original post made by Elephant Hunter, Ventura, on Oct 26, 2009
Many Palo Alto families are silently struggling with economic challenges, unbenounced to their neighbors and even their families.
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Many of the teens commute to school by car, bike or foot, bike through the East Meadow train crossing almost twice daily. They see the hazardous crossing often congested by cars and with daily near misses of cars getting stuck inside the crossing arms.
With stressors at home and at school there is no sanctuary. A child is forced to look at death as an alternative everyday they go to school, from the cemetary and the train crossing.
When you mix hopelessness with a fatal way out, it is extremely important to take out any means of immediate lethality. You always ask for weapons when doing a lethality or depression assessment. If there is a weapon at home, in this case a train crossing which has been made into a well known weapon, you get rid of it. Your chances of saving the individual from self harm increases drastically.
Yes you treat the depression but you always get rid of the weapon at the same time!
Bury the tracks!
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