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leaders across northwest Ohio are talking to students about suicide. It's a
topic being brought up both in the classroom and outside of school.
of students at Liberty Center High School are working to raise awareness on the
subject. Posters line the hallways, and informational bags with ribbons and
suicide hotline numbers are being handed out.
good to see that there are students, and not just adults, who are here for
everyone who are feeling depressed," said Gaby Hawkins, a student at Liberty
than 50 students have joined the Liberty Center Suicide Awareness and
Prevention Group, led by counselor Shelley Ahleman.
been working on getting out the message that depression is treatable and
suicide is preventable," Ahleman explained.
says it's important the students know what to do and where to turn if they know
someone struggling with depression.
times, kids will begin that conversation with a friend, and we want all of the
kids to know what the resources are if a friend shares that information with
them," she said.
group is also working to raise money for a teen suicide prevention hotline, and
several high schools in the area plan to put stickers on football helmets at
the game this Friday.
student in our building is precious, and we don't' want to lose a single one of
them," Ahleman said.