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The importance of communication to help prevent suicide

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Local school districts have been active in trying to spread the word about the importance of communication between students to help identify who may be considering suicide. Local school districts have been active in trying to spread the word about the importance of communication between students to help identify who may be considering suicide.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, you are urged to call the free, 24-hour crisis line at the number 1-800-567-HOPE or text 741741 to talk to professionals who what to help. If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, you are urged to call the free, 24-hour crisis line at the number 1-800-567-HOPE or text 741741 to talk to professionals who what to help.

A startling and heartbreaking new statistic has been dominating headlines: more students have taken their own lives in Northeast Ohio than in any other community in America.

Those facts hit far too close to home here in Northwest Ohio, as the growing problem continues to affect communities across the area. Local school districts have been active in trying to spread the word about the importance of communication between students to help identify who may be considering suicide. But  parents also need to have an open dialogue, especially if their kids are showing signs of depression or make statements like "they want to die".

Donna Dickman from Partnership for Violence Free Families says, "If you notice these warning signs or these concerns among your teenagers, your youth, ask questions, ask direct questions, 'Are you thinking about suicide?' When you look at the data at the Allen County health assessment and we see how many kids have considered suicide, 18% of our kids have considered suicide in the last year, we have to ask those questions to get the help we need.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, you are urged to call the free, 24-hour crisis line at the number 1-800-567-HOPE or text 741741 to talk to professionals who what to help. 

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