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Teens Helping Teens Who Contemplate Suicide


by Nick Beres

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - Teen suicide is a major concern in Middle Tennessee, especially in places like Mt. Juliet where three teens took their lives in the past year.  But now, a once-suicidal teen is reaching out over the computer to help others.

18-year-old Austin Watson, a graduate of Mt. Juliet High school, lost two friends to suicide. 

Depressed for much of his life Watson said he planned to kill himself.

"I thought about shooting myself, or taking pills," said Watson.

"I couldn't see a future for me. I couldn't see any potential and so I thought I don't belong in this world," Watson added.

In one last cry for help, Watson told his unsuspecting mother goodbye. He said her reaction was normal.

"Horrified actually, a lot of crying, soul searching and I didn't let him out of my sight," said Tammy Watson.

And Watson says with help from his family he finally got help.

He knows it could have come sooner, but for years Watson felt isolated and hesitant to reach out to grown-ups.

"What do adults not understand about what teens are going through?" asked Watson.

Now, Watson hopes to help other teens who are contemplating suicide.  He believes teens are more likely to open up to other teens. 

So Watson created the "We All Matter" page on Facebook.

"This website is basically a place to come share their stories, or struggles. It's a judgment free zone," said Watson.

Watson shared his own story, and he's since connected with others from across the country who have shared theirs.

"Your suicide message really spoke to me. I've been battling this for a while, but I've kept it too myself," said one message.

Watson knows this only too well, and believes "We All Matter" can reach other teens living in despair, who contemplate death.

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