Teen Suicide: An Unspoken Crisis

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"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." --Malala

Suicide by Cop. It was a triple tragedy in Los Angeles last weekend: 1) the teenage who set it up, 2) his family and 3) the police officer shot shot him  now dealing with the emotional impact that may include PTSD.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death
for our youth ages 15-24. It is a one-tme event and a lifetime of grief.

More than 90% of our young people who die by suicide have a mental health condition that is easily treated. Treatment, however, is avoided because of fear of mental illness stigma.

"Bipolar disorder changed my world – no textbook could convey or prepare someone for that."
--Tom Roberts, Author of "Escape from Myself: A Manic-Depressive's Journey to Nowhere"

Many high schools do not have funding to hire a professional mental health speaker and author. My goal it to take my message to high school and college students and tell them suicide is not how they can end their pain. I know. I attempted it myself. I want them to overcome fear of stigma and reach out for help from resources in their communities.

"A captivating storyteller, Tom Roberts addresses the issue of mental illness stigmatization with passion and refreshing candor. Anyone can connect to his talk
and message as he relates his bipolar disorder to matters of family, religion,education, identity, and many others." 
--Lauren, Duke University Student

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I have been asked to speak to the Paramount, CA Rotary Club in suburban Los Angeles on December 6. They will hear my story about bipolar disorder and my mission to reach high school and college students about mental health, suicide reduction and substance abuse.

In addition, I've been nominated to be one of the "50 Great Writers You Should Read in 2016" sponsored by the Authors Show. Please cast you vote for me here: http://www.questionpro.com/a/TakeSurvey?id=5429436
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I've been selected as one of the finalists for the 50 Great Writers You Should be Reading in 2016 sponsored by The Authors Show.

The winner will be selected.December 6. Thank you to all who voted me to get this far. Jim Carey was a previous winner. Please vote as a winner here: http://www.questionpro.com/a/TakeSurvey?id=5429436
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I have been selected by the Authors Show as one of the "50 Top Writers You Should Read in 2016. You can read my contest entry essay at http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/50greatwriters-contest/TomRoberts.pdfI and vote for me at http://www.questionpro.com/a/TakeSurvey?id=5429436 The winner will be announced on December 6.
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Raised by 3 people in 26 months
Created August 26, 2016
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Tom Roberts
25 months ago

Powerful video!

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