After his brother died by suicide, this teacher changed how he talks to students about mental health

After his brother died by suicide, this teacher changed how he talks to students about mental health

Every day at the start of his classes, Nick Orr, a high school science teacher in Nevada, said he checks in with his students about their mental health.

It’s a practice Orr said he began doing after his own brother Anthony died by suicide shortly after graduating high school in 2020.

Orr said Anthony’s death came as a shock and made him realize his brother may have never felt there was a safe space to talk about his mental health.

“I didn’t think there was anything going on,” Orr told “Good Morning America.” “We had a wonderful relationship, but this is just something he never told anyone about, he never spoke about, he never asked for help and unfortunately, it was something that ultimately got the best of him.”

Anthony’s death came at the same time the school district where he attended high school experienced a wave of student deaths due to suicide, according to Orr.

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