When this 12-year-old boy saw something disturbing online, he didn't keep it to himself. Instead, he asked for help and, because of that, a girl's life was saved.
People are hailing Gabe Rongier for the rescue of a girl who needed help. According to CBS, Gabe was on Snapchat one day when he noticed a young girl who seemed to be in a desperate state.
The girl made remarks about not being "here tomorrow" and Gabe worried that she might be suicidal. He immediately called the suicide prevention services, where he spoke to an officer Chandler.
The cop then went to the girl's house to check on her and, a day later, he called Gabe to let him know that the girl was fine.
Police officers informed Gabe's parent that, after tracking the address of the girl, they managed to arrive just in time to intervene.
Gabe's father, Fred, said he was quite shocked to know that the girl's suicide threats were real. At first, he thought it must have been faked.
As he shared how proud he was of Gabe for seeing something and saying something, he also expressed the hope that other young people can take action the way his son did.
Some suicide prevention tips
According to the Newport Academy, teen suicide rates are going up and it has now become the second leading cause of death among people from ages 10 to 24.
It is important for adults who live and work with teens to watch out for signs that they may be suicidal. Below are some indications to look out for:
- Sharing posts on social media that has to do with suicide or wanting to die;
- Sudden changes in weight and appearance;
- Substance abuse;
- Online searches about how to commit suicide;
- A decline in academic performance.
If you suspect a young person could be suicidal, please take the following actions:
- Never leave the person alone;
- Make sure they do not have anything around them that could be used to attempt suicide, like drugs, ropes, knives, and other sharp objects;
- Call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to share your fears and concerns;
- Contact a mental health professional and ask for their help.
Gabe saw someone in trouble and called for help immediately. You too can help save a teen by watching out for signs and doing something about it.