Battle Ground

Teen suicide prevention: 'Even if we just save one life, then my job's done'

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Kyle Harris speaks at Saturday's benefit concert in Battle Ground. (KATU photo)

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. – Kyle Harris said she’s lost too many friends in her 17 years.

Seven students in the Battle Ground School District have committed suicide in the last two years alone.

“We need to use them to push forward to help other kids in their situation and make them better,” Harris said.

Harris helped organize the second annual Walk to Stop benefit concert. Their goal is to help recognition and prevention of teen suicides.

“Even if we just save one life, then my job’s done,” she said.

Rebeka Boucher knows all too well the importance of teen suicide prevention.

“One of my best friends attempted to commit suicide last year,” she said. “I just regretted that I didn’t tell anyone.”

The concert and walk last year raised $2,000 for suicide prevention. This year, organizers split the events and scheduled to the walk for February.

“Getting more information on how to recognize the signs could change a life,” Harris said. “If I knew that, I would have friends with me today that I don’t.”

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