LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - May is Mental Health Awareness month and one Lufkin mother is making it her duty to raise awareness in her community.
It's been over twenty years since Patt Todd lost her son Scott to suicide.
From that day, she's dedicated her life to mental health awareness.
"He was always looking out for the under-dog," Todd said. "He was very sensitive almost to a fault to where it would really bother him when certain people weren't really being treated right."
Todd said it was five days before Scott's birthday and a month away from graduation when he shot himself.
"Grief from suicide is so complicated," said Todd.
But Todd has turned that pain into purpose by spreading mental health awareness and walking for Scott at the Annual Overnight Walk.
A licensed counselor, Debra Burton, said getting mental health treatment is just as important as going to the doctor.
"If you see significant changes like they begin to shut down, isolate, or they're easily irritated, these are signs that something maybe wrong," Burton said.
Todd plans to continue spreading awareness by having a documentary shown at the Lufkin mall.
"I went ahead and bought tickets and in those 50 tickets I carefully selected people that I know could benefit from this documentary," said Todd.
The documentary is about Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.
He survived and now shares his story.
"It's the community coming together and putting a power behind it," said Todd.
Todd said the community also comes together for a community walk in Crown Colony.
The documentary will be shown May 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
The event will be held at the Lufkin Cinema Mall 9.
For $12 tickets email Patt Todd at email@example.com or purchase them online at: https://gathr.us/screening/23342