The Haines family, from left: Katie, Jake, Alissa and Sean. A 5K run/walk is being held in Alissa’s memory on Aug. 25 in Wyoming. She was a ninth-grader at North Lakes Academy when she passed away in December. (Photo submitted)

  • Jen Withrow, MSW, LGSW

    To the Haines family: My dearest and deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you! A completed suicide of a child is the most gut wrenching pain a parent has to endure. I know, my son Andrew Mulville completed suicide on 3-22-12. Same kind of unexpected event in our lives, he was senior in high school. Our family is doing the same thing, trying to change things and bring awareness to suicide, mental health, bullying, etc. Andrew’s Memorial 5K is 8-11-12 at Harriet Island though the SAVE Organization. We feel strongly about the role our schools have in educating our children and providing them with resources to aid and help them through. I strongly appreciate with you are doing and would gladly be willing to help in anyway I can. Best wishes to your family and Stomping Out Suicide!!