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Righetti High School students will learn that suicide doesn’t have to happen.

The suicide prevention assembly “With Hope, the Amber Craig Memorial Foundation” starts at 9:30 a.m. and wraps up about 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, April 21.

It features information about the symptoms, warning signs and where to seek assistance. More than 300 students and staff are participating.

“I am always surprised by how many students are dealing with some pretty intense issues,’’ said Director of Student Activities Kelley DeBernardi. “It’s important for them to know they are not alone and help is available. It’s also important to be aware so we can spot a student in crisis before something tragic happens.’’

The idea for the outreach came from junior Reagan Wineman. She is doing a Suicide Awareness Project for the National Teen Leader Program (NTLP). The event is hosted by the ASB (Associated Student Body).

The foundation is dedicated to suicide prevention through improving mental health awareness and education in schools and communities.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10-24 year-olds and one out of five high school students will consider it, according to the foundation.


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