I’ve heard from some young people (twenty-somethings) this week that one of their friends committed suicide and other died of a heroin overdose.
I’m not providing names of the deceased, as I’ve not talked directly with their immediate families. Please refrain from referring to them by name in the comments.
The sad events prompted one of them to ask via email:
This is now the third person I have at least been acquainted with that has died due to this drug. This news comes shortly after hearing about another of my peers passing away due to suicide. The fifth person I know since I graduated in 2005. Three of my classmates or 1% of the 2005 graduating class have also committed suicide since graduation.
Which leads me to ask the question, "Does growing up in Northfield lead you to have a higher risk of depression?" Can you run a story on what options there are in or around Northfield for at-risk youth. Honestly, something has to be done.
What is being done? What more can be done?
I talked with Northfield Bike Club member Bill Metz last week about the 5th Annual Tour de Nick, coming up on Sunday, Aug. 12. “The Tour de Nick is… in memory of our friend Nick Sansome and it is also hoped that it will raise awareness of suicide prevention. All proceeds from the ride will go to SAVE.”
See all 14 photos from my 2005 Tour de Nick album.
Click play to watch. 3 min 30 sec.
Northfielder Bill Metz is featured in the spring 2007 newsletter for SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. The newsletter’s not online but click the image for a readable photo of the article. A tip of the blogger hat to Ken Bank for bringing it to our attention.
Bill’s a member of the Northfield Bicycle Club. Copies of his book, Saturday Morning Rides, are available in Northfield for $12 at the GBM, River City Books, Mike’s Bikes, and Ben Witt’s Milltown Cycles in Faribault. Proceeds go the Nicholas Sansome Named Memorial at SAVE. Tours de Nick, the annual bicycle tour in memory of Nick Sansome, is usually held each year in August.