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Mother speaks out about suicide prevention

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RINGGOLD, GA (WRCB) - One mother is speaking out after she almost lost her son in a suicide attempt just four weeks ago.

September is suicide prevention month, but Sophia Ensley says it's something that should be talked about more often.

"Traumatizing, it was," said Sophia Ensley. "I got a call from Brody's friend's dad screaming."

"You can't really be hysterical at that moment, But as hysterical as I could be and still functioning," said Ensley.

It's a day Ensley doesn't want to re-live, the day she almost lost her son to suicide.

"We didn't know for three days if he was going to make it," said Ensley. "I can't even imagine. I held his hand for three nights on the ventilator and just prayed for him to live and wouldn't live the way he wouldn't want to live."

Even though she didn't expect her son to become a victim, Ensley is very familiar with suicide.

She lost both her Father and her Grandfather, who both suffered from mental illnesses.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says 90% of people who die by suicide have a mental disorder that could have been treated.

"It's like people are ashamed to talk about mental health, there is nothing wrong with having a psychiatric disorder or being bi-polar, that is not anyone's fault," said Ensley. 

Ensley believes if more people talked about mental health and if more resources were available, the numbers would change.

"We've got to be aware and support these people," said Ensley.

She considers it a miracle that her son's friend saved him, before it was too late.

She hopes others will seek help to save themselves.

"Please don't give up. For somebody, anybody that feels like this might be a possibility, please call. Please get help," said Ensley.

Brody is still facing a long road before he will be released from medical care.

His mother says the he will be taken down to Florida in order to receive the treatment he needs.

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Here are link to resources if you or someone you know needs help:  


http://www.afsp.org/preventing-suicide/find-help

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?section=Find_Support




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