Jacob's story | Helping parents steer teens away from suicide

Published: Nov. 29, 2016 at 2:12 PM CST
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Depressed, sad and lonely, Jacob handed his mother a letter in 8th grade telling her that ​he wanted to kill himself.

"I hated going to school, hated being at home, just hated everything," said Jacob. "I dealt with bullying a lot. Most of the time, the bullying was verbal. They'd just call me names or make up stories about me that weren't true just to make everyone laugh at me."

After several years of sending her son to counselors and psychiatrists, Jacob’s mother found hope for Jacob at Boys Town. Almost immediately there was a no​ticeable change in his demeanor. He was engaged and confident for the first time in ​​​years.

"If Jacob hadn't gone to Boys Town, I don't think he would have graduated high school," his mother said. "And if he hadn't gone to Boys Town, I don't think he would be going to college to be a teacher. All of that happened because of Boys Town, so I'm very thankful."