Family speaks out after losing son to mental health issues; reminds others that help is available

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (WAFB) – Rosalynn Thyseen knows the grief of losing a child. Now, two years later, after burying her 13-year-old son, she wants to prevent other families from going through the same pain.

“Every day since Traeh’s death, I kept saying I wish I had the opportunity. I wish I had another opportunity and that’s when I learned the difference between a wish and a hope, ”Thyseen said.

Traeh was a model, an artist and someone who always wanted to be included. His family did not know the weight of the emotional pain he carried after being bullied. As a result, he committed suicide.

“What I didn’t know was that Traeh was planning to kill himself, and I think that’s part we need to look at these risk factors. These signs are not the same anymore. The children are so resilient and they don’t realize how resilient they are, ”adds Thyseen.

That’s why she created the “Traeh Thyseen Have A Heart Foundation”, to educate people about the effects of bullying on children’s mental health. The foundation organizes events that connect families with resources and professional help with the goal of saving children’s lives.

“So we have the 13 minute challenge where we just challenge the adults to talk to the kids for 13 uninterrupted minutes. Put the phones down, just put them down and talk to them. Listen to what they say or what they don’t say, ”Thyseen explained.

Talking and asking the tough questions could make all the difference.

Baton Rouge clinic pediatrician Susan Banks said it’s important for parents who suspect something is going on to speak and listen, giving children a chance to open up.

“It’s okay for parents to say ‘how’s your day, what did you do’ every day,” said Dr Bankston.

Bankston said that from the age of 12, doctors now ask children if they are depressed, worried or being bullied.

“Suicide though, I’ll be honest with you, it’s an end result. It’s terrible, but there are a lot of intermediate results. There is a lot of loss of self-esteem, poor performance in school, feeling bad and nobody wants to feel bad all the time, every time they go to school, ”Bankston added. .

It’s better to talk than to be silent, and that’s what Thyseen hopes every parent will do for their child.

“Not just to be in the know, but to do something because no other child is dead,” Thyseen added.

Dr Bankston said that some of the first signs that your child may be having difficulty are a change in personality, loss of appetite and mood swings. Parents, if you are looking for advice on having these conversations with your children, there is support available to help you. You can contact the Traeh Thyseen Have A Heart Foundation.

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