A total of 131 backpacks were placed in front of Waverly High School on Monday to raise awareness for teen suicide prevention.
Statistics show that every eleven minutes a teenager takes his or her life. Tenth grader Ellie Whalen and Principal Tammy Hermes feel the backpacks provide a strong visualization for teens suffering from low self-esteem.
“It represents the children everyday that take their own lives. We are trying to spread awareness and get the word out that this is a problem . We need to try and reduce the number,” says Whalen.
“If we can make it less of a taboo topic then it is something that can help everyone, not just here in Waverly. It is alright to talk about this and reach out if you need help,” says Hermes.
Our news partners at WICS ABC NewsChannel 20 note that nearly one-third of Waverly High School students are members of Keepers Club, a suicide awareness and prevention program.
The club spent the day posting powerful messages around the school for students to read.
Waverly Special Education teacher Natalie White says it is more important now than ever to get the message out on suicide prevention.
“It use to be the number ten way that teens died and now it is number one. I think people are taking a look at how we can fix this.”
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