Round Rock junior hoping to help ‘Light up Depression’


ZACHARY HANDSHOE: “I THINK THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT SOMEONES DEATH YOU WANT THEM TO BE REMEMBERED, TO STAND FOR SOMETHING EVEN AFTER THEIR PASSING. AND WHEN SOMEONE TAKES THEIR LIFE AND WHEN SOMEONE IS SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION AND NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT, I THINK IT IS REALLY EVIDENT WE START HAVING CONVERSATIONS IN SCHOOL.”2-SALLY:A ROUND ROCK HIGH SCHOOLER IS BRINGING SUICIDE TO LIGHT TONIGHT IN FRONT OF HIS CLASSMATES.2-JOHN: A PERSONAL TRAGEDY IS GUIDING HIM – FUELING HIS MISSION TO SAVE LIVES.KXAN’S JORGE RODAS INTRODUCES US TO 17-YEAR-OLD. JORGE:ZACHARY HANDSHOE CAN SIT IN CLASS WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE KNOWING HE’S MAKING HIS LATE FRIEND PROUD.ZACHARY HANDSHOE / JUNIOR, ROUND ROCK HIGH SCHOOL – “I THINK I WENT THROUGH THE FIRST STAGES OF GRIEF – I ACTUALLY DENIED IT.” JORGE:DENIED THE REALITY JORGE: DENIED IT.” GRIEF – I ACTUALLY DENIED IT.” JORGE:DENIED THE REALITY HIS FRIEND SINCE MIDDLE SCHOOL – WHOSE NAME WE WON’T SHARE OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE FAMILY – HAD TAKEN HIS OWN LIFE.TWO MONTHS LATER.. HANDSHOE IS DEDICATED TO TALKING ABOUT DEPRESSION. ZACHARY HANDSHOE / JUNIOR, ROUND ROCK HIGH SCHOOL – “IF WE DON’T ADDRESS IT, THEN THE PROBLEM JUST STAYS AND MANIFESTS ITSELF IN OUR SOCIETY.” JORGE:ZACHARY IS HOSTING “LIGHT UP DEPRESSION” IN THE COURTYARD OF ROUND ROCK HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT AT 8-30 WITH MUSIC AND SPEECHES – ALL TO START A CONVERSATION TEACHER REBECCA COOPER SAYS IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER. REBECCA COOPER / ASL TEACHER, ROUND ROCK HIGH SCHOOL – “EVEN IF JUST ONE PERSON UNDERSTANDS THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH DEPRESSION ALONE AND THEY DO NOT HAVE TO FACE THE DARK DAYS BY THEMSELVES, AND THEY CAN ALSO UNDERSTAND AND SEE THAT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE OF IT.”JORGE:COOPER WAS ALSO SEVENTEEN WHEN HER SISTER’S SUICIDE CHANGED HER LIFE. COOPER LIVES WITH HER OWN DEPRESSION AND EXCITED TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.REBECCA COOPER / ASL TEACHER, ROUND ROCK HIGH SCHOOL – “NOW KIDS ARE LIKE, ‘NO, LET’S HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS AND LET’S SEE WHERE WE CAN GO – WHAT WE CAM DO, HOW CAN WE SOLVE.” ZACHARY HANDSHOE / JUNIOR, ROUND ROCK HIGH SCHOOL – “PARTAKING IN THIS EVENT IS THE FIRST STEP TO MAKING OUR COMMUNITY AND OUT SOCIETY A MUCH BETTER PLACE.” JORGE:IN ROUND ROCK, JORGE RODAS, KXAN NEWS.JOHN:ROUND ROCK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFERS COUNSELING TO STUDENTS IN ALL GRADES, AND TRAINS STAFF TO IDENTIFY THE SIGNS OF DEPRESSION AND OTHER TROUBLING BEHAVIOR.THE DISTRICT ALSO OFFERS MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE TO ITS EMPLOYEES THROUGH A PROGRAM THAT HELPS PAY FOR COUNSELING.THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION SAYS SUICIDE RESULTS IN ROUGHLY 46-HUNDRED DEATHS A YEAR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGES 10 THROUGH 24.JOHN: DIGGING DEEPER, A NEW STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-CHICAGO SAYS ONE IN TEN TEENS SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION.HOWEVER MOST DON’T USE THAT WORD, INSTEAD SAYING THEY ARE STRESSED OR DOWN. RESEARCHERS SAY THESE CASUAL WORDS MAY LEAD PARENTS TO THINK THEIR CHILDREN HAVE TYPICAL TEEN ANGST — RATHER

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