What is important to realize, and reinforce, to all teens - whether you think they're struggling or not! - is that there are resources available for them at all times. There are people for them to talk to. Let's face it: being a teenager is tough. It was tough when I was a teen. It's even moreso today with the prevalence of the social media medium in our culture. Today, more than ever, having resourses readily available, and visible!!, for teens can be a difference of life and death. Literally.
The deeper I delve into this whole issue of teen suicide, the more I learn. Obviously. And, one of the common threads has been the deadly silence. That needs to be addressed. We need to find a way to get the point across to all teens that if they're struggling with something - bullying, relationship issues, depression, whatever! - they need to talk to someone. Find an adult to talk to. If not their parents, maybe the parents of a close and trusted friend. Maybe an aunt or uncle. SOMEBODY!! The biggest key is to let them know that they don't have to suffer in silence. Silence is deadly.
In the case of Ryan Nash, by all accounts, he was a very popular young man, very well-liked, a baseball player. His friends have been speaking up, via twitter, since Sunday's tragic event. They speak of him with nothing but love, respect, and sadness.
Knowing my best friend, he would be doing the same thing if anyone else were in this position #RN20His sister has even chimed in:
The bottom line is that, for all the effort that so many people are putting in, in an effort to stem the tide of teen suicides, we're obviously not doing enough. That means that, collectively, we all have to work harder, and faster!!, to find a solution. It can, and must, be done. The world is losing far, far, far too many young people to suicide.
To the family and friends of Ryan Nash, I send my deepest sympathy and condolences. Rest in peace, Ryan.