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Sherry Yanagisawa

Sherry Yanagisawa

Our 14 year old son, Aaron, took his life on April 14, 2015. He was smart and loved school (amazingly). He always kept you amused with jokes or funny things he'd do. He was lead trumpet in his middle school Jazz Band and as the lead in symphonic winds.

He didn't care what people thought of him but was always there to take someone under his wings. He helped new kids adjust to school, kids with problems with their peers or helped kids academically. His sport of choice was bodyboarding. He loved the ocean, especially at first light. He said once... "It's so amazing to watch the sunrise while sitting on the water." He also told me, "Mom, there is such serenity and strength underneath me when I sit on the water... it makes me feel so alive". He was a beautiful soul.

However, on April 14th I came home to find that he had taken his life. We were so confused. He loved life, he was happy, and there were no problems...why would he take his life? I left him happy watching Hawaii Five O and said he'd do his homework when the show was over.

He showed no signs of depression that day or any other leading up to his death. He had 4 minor concussions in an 8 month span. We were told to keep him out the water for 3 weeks; which we did each time. It has been concluded that he had a "flash depression" probably due to his raging hormones and concussions.
We found out later from his friends that he was having massive headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision. He didn't tell us any of this.if he had we would have changed his life style.

Our children...pre-teens and teens need to know there is an outlet when this depression comes on. If they're having a hard time with bullying, academic pressure, social pressure, etc. Our pre-teens and teens today have it so much harder than most of us growing up.

Whatever the reasons, the #2 cause of death in teens is suicide! We need to rally together and help these kids so they don't feel alone and helpless. I don't want to be silent about Aaron's suicide. I want everyone to know so we can get help for these teens and stop this cycle.

Under state legislation, effective Jan. 6, 2017, California schools will be forced to confront the topic of teen suicide head-on. Middle schools and high schools are mandated to talk about this subject. Didi Hirsch has been doing this for years; going to schools and giving pertinent information about prevention, signs, and suicide hotlines. They need money to continue doing this. This is why we participate in this event and ask you to join us on the run or make a donation.

In the last two years, I personally know of 3 children under the age of 20 that have taken their lives. Just today, I got a text that a friends son took his life...he was 19 years old.

It's not only teens.... every 13 minutes, someone dies by suicide in the United States and another 25 people attempt it. Many individuals suffer in silence. When a person in crisis needs someone to talk to, Didi Hirsch's Suicide Prevention Center is there to help. In fact, more than 70,000 children, teens and adults called the Suicide Crisis Hotline Line last year. It is open 24/7 and has english and spanish speakers.

You can help save lives by supporting Didi Hirsch's 18th Annual Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention. The event will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at La Tijera Parkway in Los Angeles.

More than 2,000 runners, walkers and volunteers from all over Southern California will come together to raise awareness and funding for suicide prevention services. Children under 12 have their own "Kiddie-K". All proceeds benefit the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center.

Please donate to the Alive and Running event. The more money we raise, the more help we can give to those that are struggling with life. Didi Hirsch is a non-profit orginization that has been around for 58 years.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

Sherry and Albert Yanagisawa


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