Taking a Stand Against Suicide in Our Youth
November is National Veterans & Military Families Month. This pandemic year brings along many unique stresses for families, with both children and parents dealing with all kinds of tough, emotional challenges.
Suicide is a leading cause of death for America’s youth, more than even motor vehicle accidents. In this video, Sherman Gillums Jr., AMVETS Chief Advocacy Officer, speaks to military veterans who have lost their teenage children to suicide.
The loss of a child is a heavy burden to bear for any parent. By sharing their personal stories, U.S. Marine veterans Ja’nelle Lampkin and Ricky Johnson, Jr. hope to inform adults about the warning signs for youth suicide, prevent youths from self-harm, and help parents and families that have lost a child to suicide to have hope for healing.