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High school takes action against a worrisome rise in suicide rate across the state

Aware of the worrisome rise in suicide, students in the AP psychology class at Oregon City High School decided to take action. During the first day of winter break, they gathered at Portland's Hawthorne Bridge, leaving messages of hope tied to the bridge railing.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Students in the AP psychology class at Oregon City High worked to prevent suicide by leaving messages of caring and hope on the Hawthorne Bridge.The hand-written messages said things like "Start living the life you want to live," "Remember that people love you," "Don't give up" and "You're not alone." Dutch Bros supported the effort, providing free hot drinks to the students.

The project aligns with a districtwide suicide prevention effort training every staff member in the research-based QPR strategy: Question, Persuade, Refer.

"This work was in the spirit of less talking and more doing, and giving more than we take," said Principal Tom Lovell.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, help is available via a national lifeline by calling 800-273-8255, or texting "home" to 741-741.

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