DOVER, Del. – A standing-room only crowd of Wesley College students, most of which included student-athletes, packed Wells Theater on Monday night as guest speakers Jim and Sandi Tkach spoke on the issue of suicide and what we can do to prevent it. The program was sponsored by the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Mental Health Association in Delaware.
During the presentation, Jim and Sandi Tkach talked about the various warning signs of possible suicide, depression and other mental issues, and how we can help.
The Tkach's (pronounced tack) spoke about their son, Bo, a college football player who was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, and that he committed suicide on July 20, 2007. Jim and Sandi recently created the Bo Tkach Foundation, which creates awareness for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and other mental health issues, while providing essential funding for youth athletic programs, scholarships and otherwise inaccessible individual mental health screening and treatment.
Jim Tkach is the former head football coach at Northern Lehigh and Palmerton High School where he accumulated over 100 victories in 17 seasons, while Sandi works as a team leader for Delaware Hospice.
For more information about the Bo Tkach Foundation, you can visit its website at www.botkach.com.