HALLOWELL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Losing a child to suicide is something parents never want to imagine can happen to them. But when it does happen, having the right support can make all the difference.
A reserve police officer in Hallowell knows that first hand. And the death of her son has made her dedicated to making sure families of mentally ill young people have all the support they need. Lanee Barnes is among those who will be taking part in NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walks on Saturday.
As a reserve officer with Hallowell Police, Barnes had dealt with suicide as part of her job before her son's death. But her whole view of it changed October 29, 2009, when she went in her 14-year old son's room to drop off his laundry, and found his suicide note.
Barnes said, "I got through the first paragraph, and I felt my stomach drop."