OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Two mothers in Johnson County are hoping to lift consciousness about suicide and psychological well being for college kids by life packing containers.
For BJ Thomas-Wilson and Sylvia Harrell, co-founders of #GiveMe20, their mission is private after each dropping their youngsters to suicide.
“He was outgoing, he participated in sports activities, basketball, observe, the musical. He had a lot of mates! Lecturers and youngsters beloved him,” Harrell mentioned.
She misplaced her son Chad in 2017. Thomas-Wilson’s daughter, Regan, died later that very same 12 months. They are saying they knew one thing needed to be finished to assist kids in want and want and forestall mother and father from feeling the identical ache they really feel.
“We need to change the mindset that as an alternative of spending 20 minutes on methods to finish their life, take 20 minutes to stay their life,” BJ Thomas-Wilson, #GiveMe20 co-founder mentioned.
The 2 girls created #GiveMe20, a corporation geared in direction of serving to college students in these vital 20 minutes.
“Successfully, they’re making a life field. It’s a field they’ll go to when they’re in a darkish second or they’re unhappy or they’re burdened,” Harrell mentioned.
KSHB 41 Information acquired the possibility to see college students construct these packing containers at Nice Ridge Center College, the identical college Chad went to. So, this hit dwelling for each mothers.
“I feel it was essential and listening to their tales actually impacted me as an individual. I feel it reveals you that you just suppose you aren’t value residing however then when you truly do move, you see how many individuals beloved you,” Amanda Lewis, scholar at Nice Ridge Center College mentioned.
The center college college students KSHB 41 spoke with mentioned psychological well being must be a prioritized matter.
“I feel it’s not talked about sufficient and it’s very stigmatized,” Wes Kratochvil, eighth grader at Nice Ridge Center College, mentioned. “It’s one thing we must always take severely.”
In these packing containers are pictures of their mates, households and letters from family members, academics and friends. Serving as a lifeline for these children. When in these darkish moments, they’ll life the lid of the field and see the sunshine on the earth.
“It’s a problem that occurs to everybody finally. You at all times in some unspecified time in the future end up being unhappy or hopeless and also you want one thing to select your self up,” Kratochvil mentioned.
That is what these two moms hope to perform by their effort and time.
“If there was one factor that we talked about that sticks of their mind, if there was one factor that we mentioned that registered with them of asking for assist or speaking to your pals or simply recognizing that no ache lasts without end, that’s our aim. That’s what we wish,” Thomas-Wilson mentioned.
The hope is to get different colleges, college districts to participate within the #GiveMe20 packing containers.