Brauns Law, PC - April 2020

Get Serious About Suicide Prevention ‘It’s Going to Be Okay’

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

VA Mental Health Services 404-321-6111, ext. 7620

Content warning: Teen suicide subject matter

Alex Blackwell’s last words were, “It’s going to be okay.” The 16-year-old made the claim over a video call with her boyfriend in September 2017 before becoming unresponsive. Her boyfriend called 911, but by the time Alex was rushed to the emergency room, it was too late. Following the Georgia teen’s suicide, her father, Richard Blackwell, penned an essay titled, “Is Your Daughter OK? Check Again.” Blackwell’s essay, with its haunting, personal warning to parents everywhere, went viral. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Georgia among people aged 15–17 and 25–34. But despite being a huge issue, suicide is often called the “silent epidemic.” The silence comes from the fact that we often avoid talking about this sad, unpleasant topic. But the taboo nature of suicide makes it even harder for those who need help to find it. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please use these resources.

This toll-free hotline connects callers with local crisis centers to provide free and confidential emotional support.

For veterans in need of help, Atlanta VA Medical Center’s mental health help line is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “In my heart I think Alex made one bad decision on one bad day,” Blackwell wrote in his essay. “One impulsive decision that couldn’t be taken back.” It

Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741-741

If you don’t want to call someone, you can get 24/7 support via text through Crisis Text Line. This nonprofit provides free, confidential crisis intervention by connecting people to a trained crisis counselor in less than five minutes. A Friend Asks App Created by The Jason Foundation, A Friend Asks is a free smartphone app filled with tools and resources you can use to help a friend (or yourself) who is struggling with thoughts of suicide.

only takes one bad decision for a loved one to be taken from us forever. Have an open conversation with your friends and family about suicide. Know the warning signs and get the resources to help others and yourself.


EASY DEVILED EGGS While the kids hunt for Easter eggs in the yard, whip up this easy deviled egg recipe for a hearty snack that’s sure to satisfy any craving.

Directions 1. In a large bowl, combine Ingredients • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 2 tbsp milk • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes • 1/2 tsp dill weed • 1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced

• 1/2 tsp ground mustard • Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste • 12 large eggs, hard-boiled • Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish

3. In a small bowl, mash yolks. 4. Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. 5. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. 6. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving.

mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside.




2. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites.


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