Quantcast

Ozark Center Reminds Public of 24 Hour Hotline Counselors as Tow - KOAM TV 7

Ozark Center Reminds Public of 24 Hour Hotline Counselors as Town Grieves

Updated:
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Ashley and Eric Grafton remember their energetic and kind son Ty, a sophomore at Joplin High school, and an incredible big brother.

"He was always going somewhere, doing something. He would beat box while he was doing the dishes or doing chores" says Ashley.

"He was really good at soccer and basketball. Basketball was his primary thing but he was just really dexterous and I was jealous because he was so naturally good at it." says Eric.

Last December, the young man who was know for dancing instead of walking everywhere took his own life.

The Ozark Center Crisis Services offers 24-hour-a-day help for people facing similar situations, or even people just having a crisis in general.

"You do not need to be suicidal to call, you can be stressed, anxious, not sleeping not able to eat..having a bad time in a relationship, you can call." says Debbie Fitzgerald from the Ozark Center Crisis Center.

 Experts say you should be cautious if your loved one is displaying extreme mood swings, isolation, the use of alcohol and drugs, and giving out possessions. But experts say some people don't ever show a sign that something is wrong.

Just like 16 year old Ty, who's family plans on working with Joplin high school on amping up their suicide prevention program, with more constant education on suicide, speakers, literature..and maybe even a mobile app with FaceTime like features to go to while in a crisis. And, one serious reminder.

"You're not really breaking a friend's trust if you tell an adult or tell a professional that your friend is in trouble, your friend might be angry with you in the short term but an angry friend is better than a dead friend" says Ashley.

Donations to the Ty Grafton Memorial Fund can be made at any Southwest Missouri Bank location. All proceeds will go towards future suicide prevention programs at Joplin High School.

https://www.freemanhealth.com/ozarkcenter/

  • NewsMore>>

  • Extreme Weather Kills Father and Son

    Extreme Weather Kills Father and Son

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-08-16 00:06:03 GMT

    "We're actually headed to the widow's house to pay our condolences," said Brian Liming. Liming and his friends paid a brief stop to a spot on a county road, just north of Independence, Kansas. It's where Brian's high school classmate Dennis Catron Jr. and his father, Dennis Catron Sr., lost their lives. 

    More >>

    "We're actually headed to the widow's house to pay our condolences," said Brian Liming. Liming and his friends paid a brief stop to a spot on a county road, just north of Independence, Kansas. It's where Brian's high school classmate Dennis Catron Jr. and his father, Dennis Catron Sr., lost their lives. 

    More >>
  • Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists

    Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-08-15 23:44:13 GMT
    Mr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the rightMr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the right
    Mr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the rightMr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the right

    After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

    More >>

    After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

    More >>
  • Downstream & Quapaw Tribe Donate to Campaign to Legalize Casinos in Arkansas

    Downstream & Quapaw Tribe Donate to Campaign to Legalize Casinos in Arkansas

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-08-15 22:55:28 GMT

    An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma. 

    More >>

    An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.