Students at St Patrick's learn about suicide prevention

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A person will commit suicide every 13 minutes according to the CDC. On Tuesday, students at St. Patrick's participated in a presentation to learn about suicide prevention.

The presentation is an effort between Miss Nebraska Northwest Outstanding Teen Makenzie Davies and Region 2 Human Services.

"You know some recent suicides that have happened in the area lately and just to be educated on what to do if they have a friend that tells them they're thinking of suicide," said Shannon Shell, the prevention system directer at Region II Human Services.

Makenzie Davies's platform is suicide prevention, ask a question, save a life. The mission is to raise awareness by teaching people the QPR method, which stands for question, persuade, refer. The goal is to bring awareness to a topic that could help save a life.

"I hope they just realize that this is a big problem and are able to help," Davies.

The presentation is paid for in part by a federal grant.

These are some resources available:
Region II Human Services (North Platte): 308-532-3351
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
www,r2hs.com (Region II Human Services)