Metro Police address mental health at First Tuesday event

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May 1 is the first day of Mental Health Awareness month.

Metro police say one death is too many and that’s why they’re working with the community to make a difference. 

The Northwest Area Command’s First Tuesday event centered around suicide Tuesday night. 

“We as adults know that the problems we have are usually temporary, but suicide is such a permanent solution of what a temporary problem could be,” said Annette Mullin, the Director of the Police Employee Assistance Program. 

Mullin recommends finding different ways to communicate with loved ones.

“Not everyone is social,” she says. “Not everyone has the words to express how they’re feeling.”

8 News NOW spoke with Kathy and Bob Touma earlier this month.  Their son, Matt, was only 16 years old when he took his own life. 

Matt’s friends and family say he was charismatic, smart, and they didn’t see any warning signs.

“As a mom, you know, all I keep saying is how come there wasn’t some kind of instinct that hit me; that I needed to go to him,” Kathy said.  “I’m numb. I’m sad. You know, he’s my baby.”

Matt’s parents have heartbreaking advice to offer to others.

“Parents need to listen to their children; need to talk to their children, not just a ‘hi how are you doing,'” Bob Touma said.  They need to be with their children and live with him.” 

Anyone dealing with thoughts of suicide can contact the organizations below for help.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-8255

North Las Vegas VA Medical Center
Emergency Department 
(702)-791-9000 Ext. 13214

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