Last fall, Matt received a frightening phone call from his son Oliver’s school. He was told that 12-year-old Oliver was in crisis, having thoughts of self-harm. He needed help immediately.

We are grateful to Oliver’s family for sharing their story to bring hope to children and families who may be struggling with their own mental health challenges.

The following video addresses suicide and may be difficult for some to watch. Please consider your own mental health before deciding if or when to view it. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. 

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