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Richardson stresses communication with teens about mental health

Any parent who has lost a child will tell you it's the hardest thing anyone has to go through. B-Sens Head Coach Luke Richardson lost his daughter Daron to suicide in 2010, she was 14. He and his wife founded the Do It For Daron (DIFD) program to help youth mental health. Saturday, the B-Sens will wear special purple jerseys, Daron's favorite color, in their annual DIFD Power to the Purple night to help benefit the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST).

The jerseys will be auctioned off following the game to benefit DIFD and MHAST. All fans are encouraged to wear purple and those that wish to participate will be invited down to the ice after the game to form a heart and take a group picture.

Richardson says for parents that think their child is suffering from mental health issues like depression, to simply, talk to them.

"Communication is the hugest thing and just having a conversation, 'are you okay,' but the biggest thing as a parent is really listen, "Richardson said. "I think you can have that at the breakfast table or if you're a teacher on the classroom, or a guidance counselor, or a coach in sports if you notice something in the body language or the mannerisms, or even if you don't, because sometimes it is hidden and you don't see it and that was the case for us, maybe just have the conversation but be very open and honest and listen and not judgmental. You can't fix every problem but just listen and know that they're supported and that you care."

Binghamton hosts Rochester on Saturday at 7:05