Dodge City HS students send messages of hope for Suicide Prevention Week

DODGE CITY, Kan. (KWCH) A Kansas Health report says suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens in the state.

To raise awareness about the suicide issue, Dodge City High School is conducting a weeks a week's worth of events.

For the last four years, Dodge City's teen suicide and prevention group, DCHS TALC (Talk, Acknowledge, Listen and Care) has been taking a stand on the topic of mental health.

"Suicide is a rough topic to talk about to some people but someone needs to take the lead and let them know that they're not alone," says DCHS Junior Audrey Phelps. "There's another way out. There's a help in the school, that there's hope and resources and there's always time for recovery."

This week, the high school hosted a variety of activities and events in line with Suicide Prevention Week.

One activity encourages students to write about a good deed they've performed.

"I hope that people know that there's hope. There's a reason to live and that there's resources and recovery and friendship available for them…nobody stands alone," says DCHS senior Katherine Greenleaf.

A student-made video intended to send that message of hope will be shown Friday at halftime of the DCHS football game.

Remember, if you or someone you need is affected by suicide, help is only a phone call away at