After losing her non-binary child to suicide, a Verona mother is trying to help prevent further tragedies. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues or considering suicide, there are resources available to help. Calling 988 nationwide will connect you to the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. In Dane County, Journey Mental Health Center has a 24/7 suicide prevention hotline at 608-280-2600.

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VERONA, Wis. – Nudged awake in the middle of the night by her child in tears carrying a note, it was then Dia Caulkins’ life changed completely. Still half-awake on that November night she heard two things from her 14-year-old: an apology and a confession.

“They said, 'Mom, I’m sorry,' and I woke up and I was like, 'Oh, did you have bad dream?' and I said, 'Come sit on the bed, tell me about it,' and they said, 'No, I’m sorry,'” Caulkins recalled. “I was trying to wake up and collect my thoughts and I was like, 'Sorry for what?' and they handed me the note and they said, 'I took some pills.'”