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Let it Rip: Overcoming the suicide stigma

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The back of the sweatshirt in question. The back of the sweatshirt in question.

Earlier this week, a high school student wore a sweatshirt honoring her friend who died by suicide to school. The back of the sweatshirt reads, "Suicide is not selfish, cowardly or the easy way out. Be part of raising awareness and get rid of the stigma." The student says she was told to cover up the message about suicide.

Suicide, and the stigma associated with it, is a topic some have considered taboo for too long. The panel discusses how to overcome this.

On the panel:

Michelle Hrischuk, son died by suicide
Jeff Edwards, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Dr. Carol Van Dyke, child psychologist
Randy Speck, Superintendent of Madison District Public Schools
FOX 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton


- Talking about wanting to die
- Talking about feeling hopeless
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Use of alcohol or drugs
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Extreme mood swings

Remember, help is always available.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They provide support, information and local resources. Call toll-free at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Suicide Prevention Help

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(Free hot line operated 24 hours a day for those in suicidal crisis or emotional distress)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Common Ground
Crisis Line: 800-231-1127

American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
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