Suicide Awareness must continue on

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

For Suicide Awareness week, two local high school students took mental health issues and attempted to inform the community about proper definitions and attitudes surrounding the tough topic.
After weeks of continuing education, Faith Glasco and Elizabeth Hjelvik will not give up the discussion or the objective to reach their goal.
“The suicide prevention week at the high school was not just a one time deal. It was not meant to be just a big week and then nothing for the rest of the year,” Glasco said. “We are planning to have little ‘reminders,’ throughout the year to let students know that they are still cared about.”
Glasco believes this topic will be especially timely in the spring when things start to get really stressful for teens, as well as adults.
The pair also inspired the Los Alamos Middle School Hawks to host a few events of their own, joining the Hilltoppers in their efforts.
The week timed out perfectly with a move to the new building, Assets Change of Heart training for improving school climate and the Wall of Awesomeness where students answered the questions: What makes life awesome? What makes me awesome?

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