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Addams Schools aims to raise awareness during Suicide Prevention Week

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 1:45 p.m. CST

BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook's Jane Addams Middle School will join thousands of institutions and individuals in observing National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 8-14 with a week of planned activities.

“Our goal is to raise awareness among our students and staff,” said Jane Addams Counselor Dina Esposito. “We want to make everyone aware of the problem and aware that there is help available out there.”

Throughout the week, donations will be taken at Jane Addams for the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk for suicide prevention.

The 16- to 18-mile walk throughout the night, organized by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), is designed to make a bold statement to bring the issue of suicide out into the light. AFSP is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

Among the scheduled activities at Jane Addams are designated days to inform students about self injury, self-mutilation addiction, suicide prevention tactics and mental disabilities.

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