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Spokane Public Schools hosts final forum on suicide prevention

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It's a subject that's long been taboo: suicide. Now the Spokane Public School District is confronting the problem head on, calling on the community to come together to help bring attention to this issue, and hopefully prevent any more suicides. It's a subject that's long been taboo: suicide. Now the Spokane Public School District is confronting the problem head on, calling on the community to come together to help bring attention to this issue, and hopefully prevent any more suicides.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's a subject that's long been taboo: suicide. Now the Spokane Public School District is confronting the problem head on, working with parents in the community to start a dialogue about suicide prevention and provide resources to parents and students who may be struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts. 

This year alone, five high school students, all within the Spokane Public School district, have taken their own lives. SPS spokesman Kevin Morrison says one teen suicide is too many; five is just unprecedented and he says that's when they knew something had to be done.

Starting in April the district began hosting suicide prevention forums, inviting anyone from the community to attend. The district planned five of these forums (see times and dates below). SPS Superintendent Dr. Shelly Redinger calls it getting ahead of the problem. She encourages students, parents, caregivers, grandparents, and anyone else to attend these forums, ask questions, and hopefully get answers. The forums address a number of suicide related topics including signs of suicide, how to start a conversation with someone you think may be considering suicide, and resources for those with suicidal thoughts.

The last forum will be held Wednesday night and you can watch it live right here on khq.com. If you'd like to attend, it takes place at 7:00pm at Rogers High School. 

Suicide resources:

Frontier Behavioral Health: 509-838-4428 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK 

Crisis Text Line: 509-741-741

SMILE Organization: SmileLifeWork.org

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