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Time doesn't heal all wounds; Coping with suicide

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Can you imagine losing your 17-year-old son to suicide? It happened to Christie and Ted almost 20 years ago. 

Were there warning signs? How did they begin to cope with such tragedy? 

Ted and Christie talk with me openly about the stigma surrounding losing a loved one to suicide. In their words, they were treated like "damaged goods" by people they considered friends. However, they have taken this unthinkable loss and channeled their love for their son to support others who may be vulnerable to suicide. 

They started SMILE (Students Mastering Important Lifeskills Education), a non-profit educational organization aimed to help change what they believe are destructive trends among teenagers. 

We interviewed Christie and Ted about SMILE and their mission to educate those in need of help. Our interviews are part of our special newscasts "You Are Not Alone'.

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