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A message from Stephanie Vigil about tonight's #YouAreNotAlone special edition of KHQ Local News: http://bit.ly/1ED05ve

Posted by KHQ Local News on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

From Stephanie Vigil: Rarely do we ever report on suicides, but this year has been devastating for students in our...

Posted by KHQ Local News on Wednesday, May 13, 2015
A lot of responses and comments to our You Are Not Alone coverage A lot of responses and comments to our You Are Not Alone coverage
SPOKANE, Wash. - In this school year alone, there have been five students in the Spokane Public Schools District that have committed suicide. We normally don't report on suicides, but this clearly was an issue that warranted coverage and deserved a conversation. 


In our "You Are Not Alone" special newscasts on May 13, 2015, we talked with current high school students, parents who have lost a child to suicide, mental health experts, and even an expert on media ethics to guide us on covering this sensitive topic. But we also talked to you. 


Throughout the day we posted excerpts and videos on Twitter and Facebook about suicide, and the response was overwhelming. Many of you bravely shared your personal stories about suicide and how it has affected your family. The conversations on our social media pages were too powerful not to share with you, so we've embedded them in this story for you to read through. 


Inside the posts, you'll find personal stories, helpful resources, and an immense amount of support in our community. 


We thank you all for courageously sharing your stories and support. 


Again, if you or someone you know needs help or are having suicidal thoughts, there are resources available for you: 


Frontier Behavioral Health: 509-838-4428

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

Crisis Text Line: 509-741-741

SMILE Organization: SmileLifeWork.org

Also, Spokane Public Schools will be hosting two community forums in May where you can go seek information:

May 20, 7pm: Lewis and Clark High School (521 W 4th Ave) 

May 27, 7pm: Rogers High School (1622 E Wellesley Ave) 


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