Suicide Prevention Month: Gabriel's Light shines a light on mental health

Suicide Prevention Month: Gabriel’s Light shines a light on mental health

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team Going through

CHICAGO (WLS) — September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Gabriel’s Light strives to provide resources for teens and families to prevent suicides.

Carol and Brendan Deely founded Gabriel’s Light after the death of their son, Gabriel.

“We learned so much after he passed that if we had known ahead of time, we could have brought in mental health specialists,” Carol said.

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This month, Gabriel’s Light created a resource guide for parents and caregivers.

“Parents know their kids better than anyone,” Carol said. “If parents have any inkling that their child is struggling in any way, it’s important that they keep the line of communication open with their child.”

The organization will also begin offering mental health first aid training.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 800-273-8255.

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