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High School Students Gather To Honor A Friend

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This is National Suicide Prevention week.  And Friday night some are sharing stories about a classmate, they lost one year ago. Friends gathered together for a candlelight vigil and to remember their dear friend, Faith.

"A lot of people have gone through this and it does get easier over time." says Desarae Sherbrooke who helped get friends together this week to celebrate who Faith was.

They're honoring her legacy by starting a movement to help others who've lost someone to suicide.  

"The months went by andIi was like, we all got to stand up to this." another classmate Kaylee Helgeson says, "We have to do something, we have to make people aware that suicide is happening in the Fargo Moorhead area."

"So we just decided to get together and make shirts and help support our friend faith, and we just wanted to make everyone aware of it." Desarae says smiling as she looks upon the friends wearing matching T-shirts.

They've joined the local You Are Worth It campaign to raise awareness to prevent others from considering taking their life.

"It was just a simple idea to bring people together, and show these people that they are not alone in their struggles, and there are people who care about them." founder of You Are Worth It Andrew Johnson says.

"We've gone through it, and we know the feeling, and it's hard sometimes, so it's just easier to have friends with and stay by your side." Desarae says.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, North Dakota is ranked 4th in the nation for those ages 15-24 who take their own lives. Although the numbers are grim, this group of teens understands they need to spread the facts to help others move forward.

"We have to make people aware that we're here to help you." Kaylee says.

"It's a nice way for us to show hey I want to talk with you, I want to help you in any way I can." Andrew says, hopeful that many more will join his campaign to raise awareness.

This is a very real issue: every 15 minutes someone dies by suicide in the United States. But there is hope! If someone you know is struggling or is a suicide survivor there are places to go and people to talk with for help.

FirstLink has a 24 hour hotline: 1-800-273-8255

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-784-2433

To join the You Are Worth It campaign click here.

To visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention click here.

For the North Dakota Suicide Prevention Program click here.
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