HOUSTON – Getting help for mental health is getting harder and harder because the demand is so high, and it’s one of the reasons three local siblings are taking to social media to help.
It’s a platform that many health experts attribute to influencing suicide-related behaviors.
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“We try to reach out on social media and encourage the kids. We try to reach out as best we can,” said Claudia Luna, an 11th grader at North Shore Senior High School.
She and her two brothers founded the HASH-Houston Suicide Squad.
“Trying to motivate people, to stop the suicide, and just to keep going and that they’re not alone,” Claudia said. “At school I see a lot of people, they go through a lot, but they don’t say anything about it. They’ll like to tell other people they know, but they won’t really talk about it and won’t change a thing. . .”
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“Personally, I have a few friends who have tried. I tried to help them as much as possible,” said Manuel Luna, an 8th grader at North Shore Middle School.
According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24.
“I really hope to spread the word and try to help as many people as possible,” said Xavier Luna, a junior at North Shore Senior High School. “There are a lot of people I know from work, work and people at school. Teachers and adults. Everyone. One thing you have to see is that you are not alone .You should be able to talk and open up to people.”
Their motivation comes from a family incident, their mother told us about it.
“I lost my brother to suicide. My daughter was only four years old and my youngest son was only four months old at the time. We went through some tough times,” Su Luna said. “I have several counselors and teachers on my social media platforms, so if there is a child who needs help, I try to see what school he goes to, and that way he can get help. help from his school.”
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These are small steps the Lunas are taking to provide support to so many in need.
The Houston Suicide Squad can be found on Instagram @houstons_anti_suicide_squad
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or emotional distress, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 is available 24 hours a day with translators speaking approximately 150 languages.