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State Honoree

Jennifer Parker

Arkansas

founded a suicide prevention club at her school after losing a cousin – and almost losing two friends – to suicide. First Jennie got angry, but then she began to wonder why there was no help available to young people who felt compelled to turn to suicide. “I knew that young people like my cousin didn’t have to die, and that I had the power to help stop the suicide,” said Jennie. She felt the perfect place to start was at her school, so she approached teachers for support, and recruited several student volunteers to join the club. A fund-raiser that brought in more than $200 helped jump-start her school’s Youth Suicide Prevention Week activities, which were designed to make students aware of alternatives to suicide. In the past year, her club has conducted assemblies, skits and plays, and will soon become part of a larger national youth suicide prevention program.