On Tuesday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Jeremy Hardy from the South Plains Suicide Prevention Coalition talked with Chad Hasty and Rex Andrew about an upcoming event coming to Lubbock, and the effects cyber-bullying has on youth suicides.

Hardy said that people are uncomfortable withe talking about suicide and mental health because of the strong stigmas attached to the subjects, but they are important subjects that need to be discussed. Hardy also said that bullying, particularly cyber-bulling, is one of the major causes of suicides among youth, and that it is important for parents to get involved in their children's lives and social media use to help prevent this kind of bullying.

The coalition will be hosting the first South Plains Suicide Prevention Coalition Regional Symposium this week at the Texas Tech University International Cultural Center. The symposium will be held tomorrow, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, and Thursday from 8:30 AM to noon. Hardy said there are roughly 10 spots left for the symposium, and those interested need to contact the coalition as soon as possible.

For more information on the South Plains Suicide Prevention Coalition Regional Symposium, send an E-mail to info@contactlubbock.org.