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You Are Not Alone: 'What could have been so bad?'

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KHQ's Stephanie Vigil recently sat down with high school students to talk about a very sensitive subject KHQ's Stephanie Vigil recently sat down with high school students to talk about a very sensitive subject
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Rarely do we ever report on suicides, but this year has been devastating for students in our region. They have lost 5 of their classmates to suicide, along with parents and grandparents. One of the students went to school with my son who is a sophomore at Ferris High School. 

I watched my son try to make sense of it all. He kept asking me, "Why would someone take their own life mom"? "What could have been so bad?"

These are tough questions to answer and that is when it dawned on me: We have a responsibility to help our children make sense of life, and we as a station need to do more. We, as adults need to reach out, and wrap our arms around them. We need to let them know they matter, they are our best interest and they shouldn't be dealing with adult issues at such a young age. Many of them turn to their friends, or social media, and many of them have no where to turn.

That is why we reached out to Spokane Public Schools. We met and I asked them if they knew of students willing to sit down and discuss what it's like being a kid these days. We met about a week ago at the Lewis & Clark H.S. auditorium. These kids came from all walks of life, but their answers we so similar. So what is it that kids need and want? How can we show them we are here when they act like they don't want us around? I let them speak, with their own voices they expressed to me many thoughtful ways we can make a difference.

Throughout the day had excerpts of my conversation with these candid kids. We dedicated our 5 & 6 p.m. newscasts on May 13. 2015 to knowing the signs and symptoms of suicide, finding solutions to problems they may have. We also had a Connect Center with mental health specialist to guide you (509-443-1111). 

We live in a different day and age, and our children deal with issues bigger than we can possibly imagine.

In a time when our youth are trying to figure life out, make sense of it all, and feel as if they belong they need to know "You Are Not Alone."

Join the conversation on my Facebook page or Twitter page and also on KHQ's Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone 

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