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Students talk about the unspoken epidemic

July 23, 2019

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for high school students in the U.S. We are not immune here in the metro. It's getting so common that some are calling it, "the unspoken epidemic.”

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'Nap the Play,' which takes aim at teen suicide, comes to Kansas City

July 15, 2019

"I wish I had seen this story two and a half years ago," Nathan said. "It would have changed the way that I viewed things that I thought were teenage things, stresses and pressures, and make you really see how difficult it is being a teen today."

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Mothers of suicide victims offer hope on Mother’s Day

 

May 10, 2019

In a special Mother’s Day edition of the 41 Files podcast , we sat down with three moms from the Kansas City area – B.J. Thomas, Jan Marrs and Sylvia Harrell – who have experienced a trauma that has brought them together in hopes to spare other moms the same experience.

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Growing number of KC kids seek help for suicidal thoughts

April 15, 2019

 BJ Thomas and Nathan and Sylvia Harrell, the teens parents, all said its time for us to start talking about it openly, to let kids know they may feel desperate from time to time but that there is help and to ask for it.

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Johnson County Moms Find Strength in Each Other After Losing Children to Suicide

January 29, 2019

 Jan Marrs, Sylvia Harrell and BJ Thomas found each other after each lost a child to suicide. Now, they have formed a support system for each other and are working to make sure other mothers don't have to experience what they went through. 

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One Of Her Classmates Died By Suicide. Then Another. Then She Said ‘Enough.’

Her community suffered a spike in youth suicides. Now they’re fighting back, and teens are leading the charge.

December 14, 2018

“From the minute we lost Chad, we said the only way we’re really going to get through this is to try and make a difference,” Sylvia said. “To give these young people the tools to help each other reach out when suicide seems like the only option.”

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KCTV5 Newstory - 2017 Teen Suicide Statistics

November 16, 2018

 Interview with Nathan and Sylvia Harrell after new suicide numbers released by the health department in Johnson County.

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Olathe School District Adds Program to Fight Teen Suicide -
41 Action News

September 25, 2018

Interview with Nathan and Sylvia Harrell after Olathe Schools launched a new program called SOS - the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.

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Speak Up Walk - 2018
41 Action News

September 16, 2018

Interview with Jan Marrs, BJ Thomas and Sylvia Harrell at the 2018 Speak Up walk.

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The Teen Suicide Epidemic in Kansas City

May 2018

If you talk with an area high school student and inform them that teen suicide in the Kansas City metro is at an all-time high, they’ll probably respond with “tell me something I don’t know.” They’re on the front lines, living every day with the loss of friends and classmates while fearing who might be next.

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Kansas City Star Dissent Essay

October 19, 2017

Nathan Harrell's rebuttal to guest commentary by Barbara Saldivar.

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Kansas City Star SEL Commentary

October 12, 2017

Barbara Saldivar guest commentary on Social and Emotional Learning.  Nathan posted a rebuttal to this article.

Magazines

TODAY Kansas City -
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Fall 2018

Suicide Prevention Month article to encourage discussion of suicide and to provide pathways for those struggling as well as those left behind.

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Father Farnan's Crusade: "I've buried too many"

July 12, 2017

A Catholic priest for 30 years, Father Don Farnan has seen enough. The pastor at the Northland's St. Charles believes suicides involving teens and young people are epidemic.

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Remembering Regan

First in a series of articles focusing on the issue of teen suicide.

December 12, 2018

Regan's mom, BJ Thomas, is part of the KTSA Golf Committee.  BJ lost her 16-year old daughter, Regan, December 7, 2017.  We are grateful for BJ's constant love and support this past year and were honored to attend the memorial honoring this feisty red head.

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Searching for Answers
Second in a series of articles focusing on the issue of teen suicide.

December 19, 2018

Regan’s mother, BJ Thomas, was convinced that she and her family members would finally get answers to the questions that had been haunting them since that day.
“Why did she do it?”
“Were there warning signs we missed?”
“What was causing her pain?”

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Starting the Conversation
The third and final article in a series focusing on the issue of teen suicide.

December 26, 2018

On average, the time between when a teen thinks about killing themselves to the time when they actually commit suicide is only 20 minutes.
“Quite simply, our young people make choices based on emotion rather than logic, and they do so impulsively,” BJ said.

 

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