Three survivors of youth who have died by suicide and two young adult survivors of suicide attempts will share their personal experiences on a panel at Children's Health Council (CHC) in Palo Alto this Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The goal of the panel, said Ramsey Khasho, director of The Center at CHC, is "to break through the ceiling of stigma and shame, and actually speak with people who have lived experience with suicide.
"It's a night of sharing, learning from survivors and hope," he wrote in an email to the Weekly.
Khasho will moderate the panel, which is the first of two the speakers will participate in. The next panel will be in January.
The panel is the latest in a series of events put on by the CHC as part of its recently launched Teen Mental Health Initiative, which aims to prevent youth suicide and improve wellbeing through increasing services, education and community engagement. Other upcoming events include "The Teenage Brain and Parenting with a Growth Mindset" on Nov. 30, "Being a Teen in the Valley" on Jan. 4 and "Multicultural Perspectives on Raising Teens" on Feb. 1.
This week's panel event is free and will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at CHC, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto. To register, go to eventbrite.com.
Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal is urged to call 1-800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can also call 1-855-278-4204. Spanish speakers can call 1-888-628-9454.
People can also reach trained Crisis Text Line counselors by texting "HELLO" to 741741.
Links below provide more resources where one can receive help: