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Suicide Awareness Day

Wednesday night Burkburnett residents marked World Suicide Awareness Day with a candlelight ceremony to remember the life of 24-year-old Lindy Anderson. She took her life in December.

"She was a wonderful girl that was loved by so many," said Karla Anderson, Lindy's mother. 

Family and friends gathered at Friendship Park to bring awareness to suicide and mental illness.

"We wish things were different and we can't change it, but we want to make it where no one else has to go through this again," said Anderson's mother. 

Suicide is the second largest leading cause of death for people ages 12 - 22. 

Cynthia Brock, public liaison at Red River Hospital believes International Suicide Awareness Day is a great way to educate people about suicide prevention and bring the conversation about mental health to the forefront. 

"It shouldn't be swept away in a closet. We need to stand together to help others learn so maybe it won't happen to them," said Brock.

Brock told Newschannel 6 creating a dialogue about an issue many people face is vitally important, especially when it comes to educating our youth. 

"Wichita Falls ISD has adopted a suicide prevention curriculum, which will be taught as one of the hot topic programs each year," said Brock.

She said mental illness is not just subject to youth. Most recently legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams committed suicide. Brock said that we should all be aware of the symptoms.

"If you have someone saying they don't want to be here anymore, they don't think their life is important or no one would care if they are gone," said Brock. 

Some symptoms Texoma parents wish they were aware of before their loved ones ended their lives. 

"We don't know what and I don't think we'll ever know," said Brock.

If you know someone who may need help, they can contact the Red River Hospital at (940) 322-3171. 

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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