First of Its Kind: High School Student-Run Suicide Awareness Walk

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Provided by Forest Park Suicide Awareness Walk

Woodbridge, VA – Local High School students at Forest Park High School have joined forces to establish awareness and bring together their community. In a student-run walk, on May 23rd, the community will strip away the stigma that is associated with suicide. Forest-Park-High-School-Prince-William-County

In an effort to unify the local community, Forest Park AP Government students have taken on the task of creating, planning, and organizing a community walk for suicide awareness.

The walk is in conjunction with C.D. Hylton High School, but has already stretched out to neighboring schools within Prince William County. Students at Forest Park High School felt it pertinent to include their neighboring schools, for many students in attendance there have suffered from the effects of suicide.

More information is expected to be released at a PWCS board meeting on May 20th, 2015.

About Spriggs United: Suicide Awareness Walk

Spriggs United is to take place on Saturday May 23rd, 2015. Sign-in and Registration will begin at 9:00am, and walking will begin at 9:30am; event will take place rain or shine!

Sign in will be held in the Drivers Education lot, in the Forest Park High School parking lot. Following which, participants will walk down Spriggs Road to C.D. Hylton High School, where water and restrooms will be provided. Then participants will turn around and walk back down Spriggs Road to Forest Park High School. Upon returning to Forest Park High School, there will be a presentation about the causes and effects of suicide. Student speakers will share about their personal experiences.

About Suicide
Virginia is one of the top states for issues relating to suicide. In 2011, Virginia experienced 1,052 recorded deaths by suicide; Prince William County had 26. Between 2007 and 2009, 209.5 people between the ages of 15-19 were hospitalized for mental health-related issues. Rate of Mental Health Providers to population: Prince William- 5,806 : 1, Manassas City- 3,478 : 1, Manassas Park- 7,216 : 1. In 2011, there were 49 deaths by suicide between the ages of 10 and 19.

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