Baileyville teens tackle suicide through class project

8:04 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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BAILEYVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Some students at Woodland High School have used a class project to tackle the tense issue of suicide in Maine especillay among young people.

Fourteen students in the school completed a public service announcement on suicide for their health and wellness class. The video has already attracted more than 900 views on Youtube. The short movie follows teenagers who are thinking about comitting suicide because of things like bullying, stress and family problems.

The project took the teen six weeks to complete. Many said they wanted to focus on suicide because they had friends who once thought about taking their own lives. The young film makers say they're happy with the views the video is getting.

"I think its great because it means that people are supporting it and recognizing that it happens," said Diora Sockabasin, who is a junior at Woodland, "and just spreading it so the word will get out that there is hope in people when they feel that way."

"The one thing I thought about most was helping one person," said Deavin Allen, who is a senior at the school, "that's all we really wanted to do was make a difference for one person."

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide --- know there is help there. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or 211 for a statewide directory of help programs in Maine.


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