High School Student Speaks On Suicide Prevention 5/8/13
May 8, 2013
Midland - A junior from Greenwood High School is speaking with elementary schools on the importance of suicide prevention.
Jared Salas had tragedy hit close to home when a close friend took his own life. Salas has put many months of hard work into preparing a music video and organizing with schools around the Permian Basin as a way to share his story, and hopefully change the way students see themselves.
"I try to make something positive if I can, it brings out the dark, it's not like a life is great kind of video. It lets you know that somebody has gone through what you've gone through in that somebody cares about you and that's all that somebody needs is knowing that someone cares about them," Salas said.
For Salas the decision to speak to schools about suicide prevention was easy.
"You just look around you and see everything that's going wrong in Midland and Odessa all these places need it more than ever. There have been more suicides happen here than in a long time. It didn't really build up it just kind of hit all at once."
Salas teamed up with former Harlem Globetrotter, now motivational speaker Melvin Adams for the week to help get their message out.
"We want these kids to know they have value we want these young girls to know that they are beautiful and that they don't have to sell themselves short and that these young men can grow to be men and leaders and men of integrity and character and also have big dreams. It doesn't matter where you come from all that matters is where you're going," said Adams.
To see the music video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aaOYloz8mg.