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“Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life In Honor of Chester Bennington” will stream live today (October 27) via YouTube.

Video of the live stream is set to begin at 7:45 PM PST/10:45 PM EST.

Special guests joining Linkin Park on stage at the Hollywood Bowl include the following: Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows and Synyster Gates; Korn’s Jonathan Davis; System of A Down’s Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan; Blink-182; Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Skyes; Yellowcard’s Ryan Key; Machine Gun Kelly; and Kiiara. Other surprise guests will also be joining Linkin Park this evening which will be the band’s first public performance since Bennington’s untimely passing on July 20.

In Memoriam
Our beloved son and brother Alexander Clifford Peiser passed away on October 10, 2017. Alex was a junior at Hanahan High School. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, he was active in theater and the Hanahan Marching Pride Band. His interest in theater began early and he appeared in productions of “The Little Mermaid”, “Hairspray,” “Romeo and Juliet 31 Flavors” and “Juvie.”

Alex was a member of the Circular Congregational Church and was active in the youth group. He enjoyed many activities throughout his life including Cub Scouts; Boy Scouts and Songaham Taekwondo.

Alex had a keen intellect, mischievous humor, radiant spirit and a loving heart. He wanted all of his friends and family to know that he loved them, and specifically stated that if he had any conflicts with anyone, he had forgiven them and that those conflicts should be forgotten. His last wish was that his friends and family would remember only the good times they shared together.

Alex’s family include his mother, Sharon Winkler, his step-father, Noel J. Sterrett; his father, Robert S. Peiser, Jr.; his brother, Robert S. Peiser III; his step-sister, Natalie Sterrett; his nephew and niece, Robert S. Peiser IV and Reagan Peiser; his aunt, Marijean Reith; his uncle, Bryan Reith; his cousins Jessica Reith and Zac Reith; and his grandmothers Jean Sterrett and Kayleen Hart Winkler.

We will miss him dearly.

A celebration of Alex’s life will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

Flowers for the service should be sent to Circular Congregational Church after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Do you need help? Text SEE to 741-741. Crisis Text Line counselors are available 24/7

LOCAL CHARLESTON Counseling Resources:

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You watched the new NETFLIX series “13 REASONS WHY” and felt it was a LOT like going to high school in Taos? Want to talk about the book/series or share your 13RW-like experiences in an ALL TEEN setting?

Join HEAR US hosts Justis, Madison and Jonakee for CHAI + CHOCOLATE on SATURDAY 4/22 from 2:00-4:00PM at THE COFFEE APOTHECARY TAOS. RSVP via our Facebook event HERE!

Chai (courtesy of The Coffee Apothecary) and chocolate (courtesy of Chokola Bean to Bar) are on US. Dialogue, connecting and growth is on YOU.

#TeensSupportingTeens #WhatsYour140 #SEESOMETHINGSAYSOMETHING


Events, Hear Us
The semicolon is an instance where an author could have ended their sentence but chose not to. It’s a symbol of continuation, that your story is not over. While SEE Something. SAY Something. is all about teen empowerment, #Ink4Amy is a Taos community event.

Many of us have been touched by the recent passing of Project Semicolon founder Amy Bleuel. For that reason, #Ink4Amy is for anyone feeling compelled to take part in a celebration of life.

Our story isn’t over. Join us SUNDAY, APRIL 9 at Taos Mesa Brewery for music, community support and FREE ; tattoos by Dano and Ashley of Magical Tattoos. Then join SEESAY advocates Justis, Jonakee and Madison on-air at 2PM via KNCE 93.5FM during #HEARUS to share YOUR STORY and what the ; means to you!

* 15 to 17 years old – requires IN PERSON parent/guardian consent. NO EXCEPTIONS *

“Just don’t let them forget why I was here, because that’s what’s important.” – AMY BLEUEL

Project Semicolon #Ink4Amy #OurStoryIsntOver Celebrate LIFE. #INK4AMY . . . a celebration of LIFE & COMMUNITY. Our story isn’t over! ; ink on us! #ProjectSemicolon #SEESomethingSAYSomething! 

Checkout our #INK4AMY event page here!

AMY BLEUEL (August 3, 1985 – March 23, 2017)

Training + Education
A YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID training FOR TEENS will be held this FRIDAY, MARCH 3rd at Taos Academy Charter School. The training will begin at 8:00AM.

Facilitated by Victoria Flores of ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUTH CORPS and Eric Mares of CYFD, the course is straight-forward, informative and essential to equipping teens with skills necessary to assist in supporting friends/peers in crisis, while also providing useful resources to teens in need of intervention.

We understand teens today experience and encounter crisis far too frequently in their daily lives.

See Something, Say Something is working with TAOS MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS to implement MHFA training for all high school students in our district and partner with CRISIS TEXT LINE to develop teen lead, high school based, “ambassador” programs throughout the country.

For Saturday’s training, if you are UNDER 18 years of age, a signed permission slip from your parent and/or guardian is required to take the course. Follow the link here – MHFA PERMISSION SLIP.

We have work to do. Let’s go!

This is a series of monthly youth nights for LGBTQ youth and allies that we are hosting at DreamTree Project this school year, September-April. This is a youth-led, adult-supported group for youth ages 12-18 who are motivated to include and uplift local LGBTQ youth. Pizza, soda, and snacks are provided for *free*, as well as youth-designed activities throughout the year.

DreamTree Project – 128 La Posta Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571

February 28 at 5 PM – 7 PM

LGBTQ youth and allies

Checkout the Facebook event HERE. Go relax, be yourself and have fun!

We are THRILLED to announce, SEE Something. SAY Something. has been awarded 2017 BEST IN NATION for the VERIZON INNOVATIVE APP CHALLENGE!


The Taos Community has supported our effort all the way!

Please join us for a SEESAY team recognition ceremony TODAY at TAOS ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL from 3:00-4:00PM.

It really did take a village but OMG . . . we WON!!!

– Justis, Seb, Aryanna, Emmett, Zach and Luckie

Events, Hear Us

HEAR US: See Something Say Something KNCE 93.5 FM

S4 teen advocates talk suicide prevention, peer support, mental health and how Taos teens are working to prevent teen suicide and empower community. Oh yeah . . . and we play LOTS of cool music too!


CALL-IN: (575) 737-8326

HEAR US in partnership with TrueKids1 and KNCE

#SeeSomethingSaySomething #DOSOMETHING


Hear Us, Training + Education
Our teen suicide prevention campaign, See Something, Say Something (S4) is just over 3 months old.

Our S4 app concept has been nationally recognized by Verizon Innovative Learning, and in all likelihood will move forward to becoming a real, functional app by Spring. Many local teens have shared their stories of struggle and experiences with loss; and some 30 have expressed interest in becoming S4 advocates to help empower other teens. The Taos community has been overwhelmingly supportive of the initiative and anxious to help push S4 efforts forward. National crisis and prevention organizations have forged alliances with S4 and extended offers of partnership.

Without question, we’ve made great progress.

But in the 3 months since forming See Something, Say Something, we’ve also breathed a sigh of relief last week when deputies were able to intervene at Taos Gorge Bridge, preventing a teen already standing on the other side of the railing, from jumping and taking her life.

We’ve also mourned Brandy Vela (Texas), the 18 year old victim of cyberbullying who took her life by shotgun at home with her family, Lexi Williams (North Carolina), the 16 year old who jumped from a bridge into I-75 traffic to end her life, and to our horror, recently learned Katelyn Nichole Davis (Georgia) and Nakia Venant (Florida), ages 12 and 14 respectively, ended their lives by hanging, via global Facebook Live Stream broadcasts.

Clearly we have work to do, and certainly our efforts must be immediate and aggressive. We are out of time for topical discussions and slow moving planning. 

My advocacy for immediate Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training for all Taos Municipal high school students is neither naive or unrealistic. I spent 14 years delivering programs in at risk communities to diverse populations, targeting everything from literacy, to teen pregnancy, to domestic violence, to aggravated assault and rape. I understand the complexities of program delivery and the burden of my ask.

Yes. I understand the weight of the 8 hour course, and its potential to be triggering to some teens (as well as adults). Yes. I understand as it is now, the Youth Mental Health First Aid course does not contain many “self care” elements that support a teen taking the course who is in crisis and in need of intervention. Yes. I am aware and thankful a “peer to peer” model of the MHFA course is under development. Yes. I am aware there are other factors — community, family, school — to take into consideration and offering YMHFA is not a perfect or complete solution to mitigating our community/cultural issues with suicide.

All factors considered, I still believe we have no time to waste.  Until a better solution is in place, we should work with [and augment if necessary] the instruction we have with certified facilitators trained to deliver it.

The reality of suicidal behavior may be generational but so are the realities of poverty, substance abuse and physical abuse.

This doesn’t stop us from introducing STEAM opportunities directly to students with the goal of developing skill-sets that will move them beyond poverty. We also support people who have lived with generations of substance and physical abuse, providing tools, education and encouragement for them to make different choices in their lives to create change.

Introducing MHFA training to teens who encounter crisis is no different.

See Something, Say Something has chosen to focus its efforts on teens because those speaking on its behalf, with the exception of me, are teens. It’s unrealistic to expect S4 (or any other initiative) to be the sole answer to meet every need as it relates to teen suicide. We hope our schools, community and impacted families will also feel compelled to implement/extend services to support the education happening with students. We hope this single action to empower young people already facing crisis daily, with useful skills for intervention, is a catalyst for change.

In the short-term, I challenge crisis and service providers to adapt the MHFA model we have to be more aligned to what we need.

Let’s add an additional facilitator to the 8 hour course to balance its delivery, and have counselors available to support students at the end. Let’s train teens (and allies if need be) who have completed the MHFA course, in delivering the pre-course discussion informing students of what to expect. We should explore a “train the trainer” delivery model to expand our local facilitator resources and work to identify funding to support the program fully.

Because the current course is not a 100% custom solution designed to meet every recipient need is NO EXCUSE to delay on moving forward.

As a parent, I wish my kids didn’t have to face the reality of teen suicide and peer pressures – virtual or close to home. But I’d rather they be fully informed than disempowered. And if by way of the MHFA course they encounter information that’s triggering and gives light to a personal struggle, I prefer being made aware of an issue that might not be on their (or my) radar at all.

Knowing what’s at stake and accepting we have NO WAY to shield our kids from the realities of teen suicide, can we really consider not moving forward because the solution requires refinement?

If you are a teen who has completed the Youth Mental Health First Aid training, we welcome your feedback. Feel free to comment to this post or if you prefer, email your thoughts to Justis at Don’t hold back. We really do want and need to hear from you.


Training + Education
A YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID training FOR TEENS will be held this SATURDAY, JANUARY 28th at Taos High School. The training will begin at 8:00AM.

Facilitated by Victoria Flores of ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUTH CORPS, the course is straight-forward, informative and essential to equipping teens with skills necessary to assist in supporting friends/peers in crisis, while also providing useful resources to teens in need of intervention.

We understand teens today experience and encounter crisis far too frequently in their daily lives.

In 2017, See Something, Say Something will work with TAOS MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS to implement MHFA training for all high school students in our district and partner with CRISIS TEXT LINE to develop teen lead, high school based, “ambassador” programs throughout the country.

For Saturday’s training, if you are UNDER 18 years of age, a signed permission slip from your parent and/or guardian is required to take the course. Follow the link here – MHFA PERMISSION SLIP

We have work to do. Let’s go!