The parents of a Strath Haven High School teen track star who lost her life to suicide are sending out a message of hope to prevent another loss, reports Chris O’Connell for fox29.com.
Hallie Jackson was a child with a smile and a dance. “She was full of life. She was full of energy,” dad Kevin Jackson said.
When she wasn’t competing on the track, teen was on the sideline as a cheerleader.
This middle child in the Jackson family was the All-American Girl.
Yet, the 16-year-old also suffered minor anxiety and depression and was seeing a therapist.
No one imagined that she’d take her own life, Oct. 28, 2019.
Her death had a chilling effect on the Wallingford community. If Hallie was privately struggling with mental health, so could any kid.
Her family has started the Hope for Hallie Foundation in the hope of breaking the stigma about teen mental health and suicide.
The Hope for Hallie Foundation will provide free or reduced cost professional mental health counseling to teens.
“To be able to have a resource for these teenagers, to know that they have someone they can call and contact…we don’t want other families to feel this pain,” Christine said.
Read more at fox29.com about The Hope for Hallie Foundation.