Boerne, TX – Dr. Holly Robles is a licensed professional counselor and the founder of Live and Thrive Now. Dr. Robles has dedicated her career to making schools safer to prevent teen suicide.
“As teenagers they don’t have cognitive framework to understand that it isn’t the end of the world, which puts them at great risk,” says Dr. Robles. “That’s why we have to reach out to everybody around us. We have to let them know that the resources are there, that there is someone they can go to if they are thinking of suicide or have a friend or a family member that is thinking of suicide, so they know where to take their friend or family member for help.”
This year, Dr. Robles published the Texas Suicide Safer Schools Implementation Guide, focused on suicide prevention. Her research investigations have explored conflict resolution and the effects of cyberbullying on children and adolescents' mental health, as well as understanding secondary general educators' classroom behaviors toward disruptive students.
While some counselors may tiptoe around these questions and feelings, Dr. Robles listens for their pain and the clues for the truth they’re afraid to tell her: that they want to die.
“When you're depressed, sometimes you think, ‘I can't believe the sun had the nerve to come up today,’” says Dr. Robles. “If we can just find that one thing to keep us going, sometimes that's the thing that's going to get us over the hump until we can get through it. For a lot of kids, it's music. Sometimes it's walking in awe of nature. We have to find whatever it is that helps us to hang on.
For more information on Live and Thrive Now, visit www.liveandthrivenow.com
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