Grace Holt

Grace Holt

Posted: May 21, 2019 7:15 PM
Updated: May 21, 2019 7:15 PM

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assidy delamarter spoke with one mom who lost her own daughter to suicide in 2016... cassidy, what is she hoping to share with parents? i'm here at griffin creek elementary school...7 where every year a 5-k is held in honor of grace holt. a 15-year-old who took her life in 20-16... grace's mom, susan, wants to educate people on suicide prevention and mental illness. because she doesn't want parents to feel the same pain she does every day. susan says, "and you know i i wish i could go back" susan holt's 15- year-old daughter, grace, took her own life in 20-16. susan says, "i just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that it was actually suicide, and i thought of that as an accident part of me still believes that." today i spoke with a suicide prevention coordinator and she says there's a list of warning signs parents can look for... kristen says, "so the signs that we see are all different but if you look at signs of depression or symptoms of depression and a lot of them go along with thoughts of suicide." but holt told me her daughter didn't show any of these warning signs... susan says, "when she passed, every teacher, every friend, everyone said all they did was see her smile all the time, they never saw her look sad and nobody believed it everyone was in shock." in the months leading up to her death...holt says her daughter did admit to feeling depressed sometimes. susan says, "she wrote a note that said my life is wonderful, i don't understand why i feel so sad." although grace did start counseling to help with her depression... holt says there are things she wishes she would have done differently. susan says, "i would say listen instead of talk so much. like when i look back i think gosh i did a lot of talking.. and never ever take depression lightly." now more than ever... she says educating people on suicide prevention is important. losing someone you love to suicide is a pain she says she can't put into words. susan says, "i'm not sure that there's a harder thing to survive and to be really honest i didn't think that i would the first year." she says people need to know that seeking help isn't as scary as it seems. kristen says, "it's not when often how people portray as like this padded room it's just caring people like me and you here in the room saying we care about you were trying to work through this crisis with you." on newswatch 12 at 4 ...we spoke to jill jeter -- she is crisis prevention specialist with the medford school district. she stressed the importance of talking to kids about mental health. you can find that interview on [a32]suicide prevention in schools-tag if you know someone dealing
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