Nationwide Children’s Partners With Schools For Suicide Prevention

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Statistics show 1 in 5 teens battle depression in the United States.

However, only half of those kids get the treatment they need to overcome their symptoms.

That's why Nationwide Children's Hospital has partnered with Central Ohio schools to introduce students to the "Signs of Suicide.”

The two-day instruction includes a video and PowerPoint presentation.

“No matter how many people seem like they are okay, they have so many thoughts in the back of their head just eating them alive,” Briggs High School junior Lara Saad said.

The goal is to teach which the signs to look for and those that cannot be overlooked.

“They may feel like if I go tell an adult about this friend that's going through this, they might be mad at me,” Briggs High counselor Marie Fiascunari said. “We are telling them, ‘you know what, this might be a matter of life or death.”

Fiascunari says the signs range depending on the student and circumstance.

“It would be something they usually do or are happy to do, that they are not doing any more,” she said. “Maybe they are isolating themselves [or] sudden drinking.”

Although a harsh concept to grasp, students who spoke to 10TV say they now have a better understanding of how to communicate with their friends.

“I learned that when people say they are going to commit suicide, they are not just saying it,” Briggs High senior Cameron Marshall said.

“If they are ever down or something, I will just go up to them and ask them ‘are you okay?’... And they usually will tell me,” Briggs High senior AnntwanPhommarath said.

“I feel like friends have a big impact on other friends and you can keep their minds off of things, like you can talk to them,” Briggs High senior FatumaAbdikadir said.

You could call it a life-saving curriculum in the comfort of their own classroom chairs.

“I want them to know that even if they aren't seeing that light at the end of the tunnel, that we can see it for them,” Fiascunari said.

According to research done by Nationwide Children's, suicide is now the second leading cause of death for kids age 10-19. In Franklin County alone, there were 13 students to die by suicide in 2014.