Youth and Young Adult Suicide Awareness Week starts Sunday in Killeen

KILLIN, TX (KWTX) – The latest CDC data shows that suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-34 year olds in Texas.

Remember You Matter Coaching wants to highlight these statistics with Youth and Young Adult Suicide Awareness Week, which runs from Sunday to Monday, January 21st.

As part of one event, the City of Killeen will issue a proclamation on Tuesday at 2:00 pm. The event will also feature a balloon release and a prayer circle.

Then on Thursday, adults and teens will host a panel to answer questions related to mental health at the Endeavors Performing Arts Center from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Later on Saturday, the organization hosts a Wellbeing and Gratitude Walk starting at 8am on the Lions Club Park Walkway.

Killeen resident Kasaundra Hamilton survived a suicide.

“I made a couple of attempts,” Hamilton said. “I think the first one was at 7 or 8 and the last one was probably 21.”

Now a mother of three, two of her own daughters attempted suicide through suicide. She wants to share her story and the story of her family with the community.

“We are parents, we are adults, we want to help,” Hamilton said. “Personally, we don’t know what they deal with every day. We don’t know what a school is, we don’t know about social media and other pressures.”

Hamilton is just one of the forum participants on Thursday. She told KWTX News 10 that she also plans to attend as many events as possible during the week.

Elizabeth Jennings, founder of Remember You Matter Life Coaching, said she started it because the holidays and New Years can be tough for many teens.

“Personally, someone in my son’s high school committed suicide about six months ago, and someone in our church is a 20-year-old,” she said.

Jennings said that with the rise in youth suicide, she knew she had to do something for society.

“We wanted to start the year on a positive and strong note,” Jennings said. “We want to give them a week when there is hope. The plan is that it won’t stop just this week.”

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