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Local high school sheds light on suicide

One of the signs at Northwest High School. (FOX19 NOW/Frankie Jupiter) One of the signs at Northwest High School. (FOX19 NOW/Frankie Jupiter)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Along with their studies and other school activities, some students at Northwest High School are raising awareness about suicide.

Some students say they lost a classmate last year to suicide and another student this year had suicidal thoughts.

"It's like really scary when somebody, you're close to is thinking about killing themselves,” said freshman Cassidy Race.

Students jumped into action, asking their Principal Susan Smith if they could bring awareness to the issue. She says more than two dozen students showed up to the first meeting.

"This is what our kids do they care about each other. So, I was so excited and just to see their excitement about something that they care about and are passionate about that helps others,” said Smith.

It’s also about helping others during a time where social media plays a role in bullying.

"With all the internet and all the social media and kids are just now and days rude to many people that they can't see any further into their life,” said freshman Sydnie Fischer.

With different methods of outreach each day this week, students are spreading the message of why suicide is not the way. flyers and posters on school walls offer words of encouragement along with Post-it notes on school lockers.

"You definitely shouldn't give up, there are a lot of options out there. You got people that care about you and you just need to open your eyes,” said junior Aaron Shouse. “I believe there was a time I struggled with something like that and I know there are definitely around me caring about me." 

According to the Jason Foundation -- a suicide prevention foundation -- suicides are the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 24.

Suicides kill more teenagers and young adults than cancer, heart disease, aids, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease combined.

Every day more there are more than 5,000 attempted suicides in the us by middle and high school students, according to the Jason Foundation.

"Even if you don't think it, it could be somebody random that cares about you. It could just be your family but there's always somebody out there that going to care about you and that loves you enough to not want to do that,” said freshman Quinton Baird.

If you are experiencing a crisis, call 9-1-1 or 1-800-SUICIDE.

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