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Family hopes 'Cole' Initiative will bring awareness to suicide

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Published: Oct. 20, 2017 at 5:59 PM EDT
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One Eastern Kentucky family is hoping to share the story of their son's suicide to prevent another family from experiencing a similar heartbreak.

Nearly one week ago Cole Ousley committed suicide and now his family wants to bring awareness to the issue.

"Our children are our entire world, they're all we have, we have to save them," said Andrea Hurley, Cole Ousley's mom.

Hurley said her mission is clear, to educate others on the warning signs and provide a different image of those who are suicidal.

"No one should have to endure this kind of emptiness," said Hurley.

Nearly one week ago Hurley expected her son to be at his brother's football game, but Ousley never showed.

"When seven o'clock rolled around and he didn't call me back, answer any text messages, or show up for the ball game I knew something was very wrong," said Hurley.

After hours of searching police found Ousley's body.

"I hoped it was a nightmare," said Hurley. "Absolutely losing a child is the worst pain that I can fathom."

Through their pain, Hurley and her family started the 'Cole' Initiative to bring awareness to suicide.

'Cole' stands for Confront, Observe, Listen, and Encourage.

Hurley wants people to know mental health issues can impact anyone.

"We have to stop ignoring that we have to start talking about it, it has to start being okay to not be okay," said Hurley.

You can find more about the Cole Initiative on their Facebook page.

Sunday those who knew Cole Ousley are holding a lantern release ceremony at the Prestonsburg Food City at 7:30 p.m.

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