ANKENY, Iowa -- As the school year gets underway, a Johnston father is urging educators and parents the learn the signs of adolescent suicide.
On Wednesday, Brian Carico will speak at the a teen suicide prevention seminar in Ankeny. His 15 – year – old son, Cameron, committed suicide in January of 2012.
After his son's death, Carico has made it his mission to help others identify mental illnesses before it's too late.
“Many kids suffer in silence, sometime what we see in kids with depression is sometimes different than what we see in adults and a lot of times we misinterpret the signs ,” he said.
The seminar will discuss how parents can approach the topic of suicide with students on the elementary level through college level. Suicides are the second leading cause of death in people ages 15 – 24.
Carico worries the stigma of mental health prevents people from getting the help they need. He hopes the seminar will help bridge that gap.
“I felt that with kids coming back to school it would be a great time to talk to parents about some warning signs and things to work for to just have a conversation about what depression looks like and how we could help as community,” he said.
More than 200 people were registered for the event.