Students organize suicide prevention walk

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)– Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens and young adults in the U.S.  Now, students at Chicopee Comprehensive High School working to bring attention to the need for suicide prevention.

On Thursday the school will hold their first ever suicide prevention walk.  The walk is being organized by the schools HOPE club.

Organizers say that the club was formed after several students at the school reportedly died by suicide. Research shows that every 15 minutes someone in the U.S. commits suicide.

Organizer Damian Heroux told 22News, students should know the signs indicating they’re at risk. “If you’re feeling down, alone, and If you’re a very active person and you’re starting to be less active wanting to keep to yourself from other people, then you may be depressed.”

The Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Guide reports that in 2010 there were nearly 600 suicide deaths in the state.  And across the nation suicide is the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 25.

Walkers were encouraged to raise at least $150.00, but there is no charge for the event.  For more information about suicide prevention go to http://www.afsp.org.

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