Time to address teen suicide is now
To persons of public office, my name is Keith A. Edmonson. I live on the Flathead Indian Reservation, and I see teen suicide at an unbelievable crazy and outrageous rate. I’ve lived here for seven years. I’ve seen nothing like it this past calendar year and the beginning of this new year. Every single one of you that is receiving this message has the stature available to you to speak on the urgency of correcting what’s happening to our children, not just on this reservation, but statewide. Our babies are dying. I’ve been waiting to hear somebody say something about it, set up a forum, set up a town hall, stand out in front of someone’s office and demand somebody do something, and I’ve heard absolutely nothing. There is no partisanship when it comes to suicide, and especially teen suicide, we’ve not the time nor the lives to give to that type of thinking. Our children have enough on their plates just dealing with the mass shootings, disenfranchisement, poverty and abuse.
They need to know that the government, state, city, and tribe give a doggone about them. Every single one of you are voted in or appointed to make change for this great state and the areas for which you represent. These children are holding you accountable as are the children who are no longer here. Now is the time for dialogue. Now is the time for conversation. Now is the time for a town hall.
Let’s talk about this tragic epidemic for our children’s sake and for the sake of their future. I intend to do my part. I hope and pray you will too.
Don’t talk about it, be about it.
Keith A. Edmonson