Confronting Teen Suicide at #DadChat

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Read the transcript from this important discussion on Teen Suicide!

#DadChat is often fun and frothy. But, life is often not, which is why we choose to take on difficult topics on a regular basis. This Thursday, November 14, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET we are taking on Teen Suicide. Heather Solos has agreed to talk about the recent suicide of her sister – Laura (pictured above) – in order to help everyone understand the far-reaching effects of this tragedy.

Laura Smith was the youngest sister of Heather Solos. They grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina in a typical suburban household. Like many children of the time, they were latchkey kids and Heather played a big part in the upbringing of her youngest sibling.

August 22, 2013 at 5:14 a.m. Heather received a call that brought her world to a standstill: Laura had shot herself, was in an ambulance en route to a hospital in Tacoma, Washington and not expected to survive.

Four days later, life support was removed and with her family at her side, she passed.
Laura was a beautiful young woman who left behind extreme emotional pain, questions, and grief for more people than she could have possibly known.

Heather, a mother of three who is still in the Lowcountry, is using the resources she has from a career built on social media, to help ensure more effort is spent on creating awareness and sharing resources available for the prevention of suicide.

Heather wrote about grief and more in this column:

Phil Hollows, Heather’s boss, wrote a guest post talking about the true victims of suicide:

Laura Smith Sisters

A better time in Laura’s life, with her sister

  • Daniel Focused Laurie

    This touched me. Laura was one of my crushes in HS, I was saddened to hear about her passing. May God bless the family and heal all hurt and wounds

    • Bruce Sallan

      Wow @danielfocusedlaurie:disqus – I’m so sorry! Yes, it’s just so damned sad!

    • Heather Solos

      Laura was a force of nature, Daniel, it’s nice to meet you, I hate that it was under these circumstances.

      • Bruce Sallan

        @HeatherSolos:disqus – we will honor Laura tonight at #DadChat

      • Daniel Focused Laurie

        It’s nice to meet you as well.

  • Kelly Ann Davenport

    Laura was my best friend since I was 5 a sister in a sense! I miss her more everyday!

    • Bruce Sallan

      I’m so sorry, @kellyanndavenport:disqus…

  • Judy Smith

    To Heather and Stephanie: Thanks for sharing this with me and helping to make people more aware of the symptoms of suicidal thoughts and the grief and devastation this tragedy causes. Thanks, too, for the cute pictures from the photo booth.

    • Bruce Sallan

      @36730cb40f8701734f0afba5d7758b08:disqus – the transcript for the entire chat is above, below the photo of Laura, FYI…