District 49 Students Discuss Depression, Suicide

Guy Bennett, Suicide Prevention Partnership trainer, discusses depression and suicide while twelfth grader Wesley Nowlin, 17, distributes pencils Nov. 27 at Falcon High School in Falcon School District 49. Nowlin is a member of the high school's peer mediation group, a collection of tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders who help promote safe educational environments. During several guided discussions for ninth grade students, Bennett, whose son died of self-inflicted injuries at 17 years old in February 2002, solicited for written questions about stopping and surviving a suicide. He encouraged more open dialogue about depression, while rejecting the idea that talking about suicide causes suicidal tendencies. "You will not put the idea into their head," said Bennett. "Talking about suicide helps save lives."

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