Hastings man wants to fight teen suicide if he's elected to city council

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings city council has eight members but soon half of those spots will be up for grabs.

This week one local man announced he's going to run, and he has some pretty high goals he's looking to achieve.

Matthew Jones is a web developer looking to represent the third ward. He also serves on the United Way board and says he's passionate about having a positive impact on the community.

Through the United Way he actually did a community report last year and learned a shocking statistic.

According to Matthew, Hastings has a 13.9% suicide attempt rate among teens. He believes this is five percent higher than the rest of the state.

One of the things he wants to do if he's elected is fight this.

"The community is going to be the solution and it's really about convening people and getting the right people to stir the pot and figure out what we need to do to change these things," said Matthew Jones of Hastings.

Raising awareness about this is a big priority.

Matthew says it's also important to have more resources for teens fighting depression or suicidal thoughts.

So far two people have filed to run for city council which leaves two spots completely open.