Letter: J. Shorey, Ashburn

Editor:  Upon reading “Thousands of Students Walk for Suicide Prevention,” I felt blessed to be a part of such a community.

As a high school student who has personally experienced the effects of teen suicide, I fully support the spreading of clubs like We’re All Human that help to spread awareness and provide aid for those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other debilitating mental health disorders. This walk for suicide prevention is a prime example of how one group can spread all over the county and help unify multiple schools to make a change. Coming together as a community and as a family has, and will continue to help save lives and improve the well-being of students of all ages in Loudoun County.

Mental health should not be overlooked. It is just as important, if not more important, than one’s physical health. Without having the will to persevere through hard times and difficult situations, a person’s physical well-being is almost trivial. When someone obtains a positive self-image and confidence in themselves, their physical health will follow. If Loudoun County continues to show the same support and provide services that will help improve the mentality of its students, then hopefully less and less people will have to face the tragedies that I and others have endured.

Even with the school year coming to a close, attention still must be paid to the mental health of Loudoun County residents, especially the youth. The young, developing mind is still fragile, and susceptible to insecurities and seemingly insurmountable stresses that don’t end once school is out. Summer may be a period of rest and relaxation, but the challenges that plague the minds of students do not simply disappear. They grow and develop into the monsters that eventually lead to some taking their lives. If the groups and services that students are provided during the school year were to continue even during the summer months, then this could help prepare them for the upcoming year and teach them to cope with future challenges.

The battle that school systems all over the world face against teen suicide all boils down to mental health. With the increasing number of teen suicides over the past few years, the emphasis that the county needs to have on mental health is more crucial than ever. If teachers, administrators, parents, and students all work together and achieve a level of understanding rather than misconception, then the county as a whole could avoid the occurrences of any more tragic loss of life because of mental health challenges. We all have faced our own unique battles growing up, and with help and aid for those who need it, we all can learn how to cope with similar difficulties in the future.

J. Shorey, Ashburn

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