Lot’s of parents struggle with how to approach youth suicide when it rocks a community. Bill Chase is a longtime counselor in the Grand Forks School District and South Middle School, he joined us to talk about some basic advice for parents as they attempt to broach such a delicate subject.
Bill also recommended this website that contains guidance specifically for parents addressing the issue of suicide with their children.
South Middle School Counselor Bill Chase joined the program today to discuss suicide and counseling students about suicide and mental health issues.
Bill is always candid in his passion for open communication between parents and students, teachers and students and between students themselves because we all need to know someone cares “sometimes that’s all it takes” Chase stated. Mental health issues in general and suicide in particular are issues that most parents and children don’t enjoy discussing but are necessary to open the door for problem solving during life’s difficult times.
Not many people know that the song that is the climatic moment in the SPA play “Keep the Faith” — was co-written by Bill Chase. Yep… he co-wrote it. He discusses how it came to be in the summer of 1997 and his feelings on seeing it performed.
Chase makes interesting points as he discusses how young people have changed over the course of his time as a counselor, and how not allowing them to fail ultimately deprives them of the coping skills to overcome adversity often leaving them lost as they approach college or life on their own.
Bill also talks about the constant challenge of keeping hockey FUN in a city that places incredible emphasis on that sport… with kids playing or training twelve months a year… and with parents who have their own opinions of how things ought to work. No small challenge, yet he “enjoys it more than I ever have.”