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Letter: Online safety

This letter is for all those parents out there who have children and young people who are suffering from depression and may or may not be on antidepressant medications or anxiety needs.

I learned this week that there is a site out there on the Internet that tell you how to commit suicide. It tells you what to take to cause it to be less painful and how to make sure it is going to work. Parents need to keep watch on what their children are doing online even if they are in their 20s or older. It is called tough love.

Please parents make sure your child is safe online. Don’t get the idea that your child couldn’t possibly do something like that. A word to the wise. Dealing with a child who has decided life is not worth living is not an easy thing to live with. Having them gone is even harder because you live with the guilt of not having done enough to help them. Not just the parents but grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings and friends.

If anyone reading this is thinking of taking their own life, don’t. You are not the only one affected if you do. There is help out there and you need to look for it. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Please.



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