Local senior is using her senior project to help get her classmates trained in suicide prevention

Students wanted a way to help other students who are struggling with serious depression or suicidal thoughts.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 6:24 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- One North Medford High School Senior has taken it upon herself to make sure her classmates are trained in suicide prevention.
Hannah Ross’s idea is to help students who are struggling with serious depression or suicidal thoughts. She wants to make sure all of her classmates are trained in suicide prevention.

“Student driven projects are typically the most successful driven projects. Adults can talk about it all day long that it's really important to reach out and get help and adults can identify themselves as resources but really kids want to talk to kids, students want to talk to students and Hannah spearheading a project like this can truly be saving lives at North Medford High School,” Medford School District Crisis Communication Specialist Jill Jeter said.

The training they are receiving is an extended version of SOS. Which is signs of suicide so they can recognize warning signs of serious depression and thoughts of suicide.

"I just wanted to make it known because it’s a really hard issue," Ross says.

Jill tells NEWSWATCH 12 that they have already trained 100 students.
They are looking to train another 50 to 100 by the spring time.

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