To the editor:
On Thursday, March 20, the Lake Placid community had a great opportunity to learn more about a topic uncomfortable for most of us to talk about - suicide.
Jay Asher, author of "Thirteen Reasons Why," joined Laura Marx, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Shelby Davis, Mental Health Association, for some straight talk about suicide. Jay, Laura and Shelby, I appreciate your open and honest discussion and am glad I came out on a cold, snowy night to listen to your insights. A special thank-you goes to the Mirror Lake Inn for providing complimentary accommodations for Jay Asher.
The day before, a small group of local community members from Keene, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake was trained to be suicide alert helpers by Laura Marx, through the safeTALK program, a free training made available by AFSP. Thank you to the Olympic Training Center for providing a complimentary training room for the safeTALK training.
Lastly, I'd like to thank those who were responsible for bringing Jay Asher to the Lake Placid Middle/High School to spend the day with students. I am not mentioning any names as I know I will miss someone. You know you who are, and your dedication to the health and safety of our children is greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in bringing safeTALK training to your group, contact Laura Marx at firstname.lastname@example.org. For free, confidential help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and for more information, go to their website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.