'Stop Suicide': Teacher raises awareness in memory of late son

A suicide prevention mural was the backdrop for a walk to raise awareness in Philadelphia. However, it will soon be obscured by a construction project.

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CATHERINE SICILIANO: There's nowhere in the city of Philadelphia that suicide has not impacted someone. Here at 31st and Chestnut, this particular mural has a lot of meaning to me. My son is on the corner. Anthony was 26 years young when I lost him to suicide. He was a volunteer firefighter, always the first one that would help others.

I did not know that my son was suffering. I lost my son in the silence that continues today. And that's why our students are here breaking the silence so that we can have that conversation.

STUDENTS: Philly [INAUDIBLE] suicide.

TIA JONES: For me, I'm a survivor of a suicide attempt at 16, and so it has been my ongoing goal to be the person that I needed at that age, and this is the first opportunity I've had to engage with this specific age range.

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TALAN KHASRO: Honestly, throughout the past year, we've been locked up into our own houses. It kind of made me realize that because I bottle up a lot of emotions, I have a hard time expressing them. That's what we're doing here. We're trying to get people to express themselves without feeling that they're alone.

MARY ANN MURTHA: We should be checking in on each other, asking if you're OK, and finding the resources. So we're raising awareness today across our region, but there are many, many campuses out there across the country that are doing the same.

CATHERINE SICILIANO: I'm now reminiscing with this mural because we stand to lose it. There are developers that are going to build in front of it. But we're hopeful to create another one in the city, so the message will still be here. And if we are able to save one life, that's enough for me.