Dear Guy Nahmiach,
I wanted to thank you for your piece written in the Neighborhood Gazette (“Why Is Our Teen Suicide Rate Twice The National Average?” Oct. 16-Nov. 14, 2018).
My son took his life on Oct. 11, 2018. You may have heard of him or of my husband and I. Robbie was a sophomore at Lakewood, a happy, successful student and athlete. My husband and I were actually at parent-teacher conferences when Robbie took his life. Our world has been taken from us and we decided within hours to do something about this epidemic in Colorado. If this can happen to us it can happen to anyone and it shouldn’t. Teens consider suicide a option – it isn’t. We have shared our story on 9 News with Kim Christensen the last week of October and we’ve been on Colorado Public Radio. We aren’t stopping. We have established a foundation in Robbie’s memory to cut suicide in our state by 50 percent within the next 10 years. We are meeting with area teens and discovering the options to fight suicide and teen depression daily.
Our website isn’t fully up, but will be soon. It is www.robbies-hope.com.
We are active on social media (that is what the teens use more than anything) Insta is robbieshope1.
If you ever want to chat or if you run across someone who is passionate about helping solve this problem please keep us in mind and reach out.
Again thanks for speaking out on this. If we can change the conversation and stigma we can change the problem.
Kari Eckert, Lakewood