Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-08-02 08:24:53 –
18 year old man in Wisconsin Using his own miserable story To help others.
Just four years ago, at the age of 14, Carson Mall survived a suicide attempt.
“I didn’t know if I was going to speak again,” Carson said. “I have had dozens of facial surgeries in the last few years. I am very grateful to be alive.”
His mom, Amber, heard the gunshot and found him in the garage.
“You look for your heart, your soul, and everything you have, looking for something wrong or something you might have done differently as a parent,” Amber said. rice field. “It led us to this platform and tried to help other parents and families not walking in our position in every way we could.”
Carson and his mom have become supporters of ending the stigma surrounding mental health challenges.
Carson speaks at schools and events. His scope now extends to government leaders in making national policy and financing decisions.
Carson was one of six young people across the country who spoke to lawmakers on behalf of the children’s hospital’s medical facility network as part of the annual Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week.
US Senators from Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson in Wisconsin are among those who have heard.
“It was a really unique experience,” Carson said. “They were interested in what we thought we could do better as children who experienced these mental health problems.”
According to the World Health Organization, half of all mental health conditions begin by the age of 14. But most children and teens don’t know how or where to get help.
The Mohr family has a mission to change that.
Amber says mental health conversations should begin with a primary care provider on a regular basis.
“Circle numbers on a piece of paper to feel safe about how children feel mentally and emotionally, and the door opens to talk about it and go into more detail. Let’s do it, “said Amber.
That’s what Amber wanted Carson to have been exposed to long ago.
“Carson was dealing with something he didn’t know how to express. Frankly, no one talked about it,” Amber said. “Mental health is treatable. Suicide can be prevented. Family members do not need to experience this.”
According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death between the ages of 15 and 19 and is second only to accidents and unintentional injuries.
“The first thing we say is to talk to children about mental health and suicide,” Amber said. “Check in for them. Make sure these are frequent and fluid conversations and get ready when your child is ready to speak. Maybe not when you’re ready. Maybe, but when you’re ready, put those phones down and pay attention to let them know what you’re listening to. “
One of Amber’s greatest frustrations is the lack of resources to support professionals. She believes it is where government and medical leaders must work together to resolve.
“Waiting to meet the provider is unacceptable,” Amber said. “When kids like Carson are playing the drums and telling them that it’s okay to talk about mental health, they say they need to be open about their problems, and I We adults need to back it up with the right resources and services These kids need. “
“That’s what I want to do in the future, and I’ll do it as much as I can,” Carson said.
WTMJ contacted Senators Baldwin and Johnson to find out what they heard directly from Carson. Senator Baldwin said: Mental health concerns. We know that there is still work to be done to expand access to mental health care, eliminate the stigma of seeking help, and work to end our mental health crisis. That is why we will continue to strive to provide more resources to help young people like Carson receive the care and services they need when they need them. “
If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-8255. Click here to go to their website.
This story was originally published by Katie Crowther of WTMJ.