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School set to raise awareness on suicide prevention

Alexandra Garcia, Staff Reporter

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It all started with the owner of a 1968 yellow Ford Mustang. His name was, Mike Emme and he was a bright, funny, and
caring 17 -year-old, who fell victim to suicide in 1994. His death was a tragedy that will forever be remembered
by all of his friends, family, and community. Not only did his death impact his community, but once the
yellow ribbon cards got out it affected the entire nation, which started the Yellow Ribbon Suicide
Prevention Program.

The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program started what we all know as Yellow Ribbon
Week which happens annually every September in the honor of Mike Emme. DCHS will begin their Yellow Ribbon Suicide week on Sept. 17.

If you’re looking to become involved in this event here is what to do:

  • Sunday, September 10: This is the kick off to Yellow Ribbon week so go out to Church of the
    Nazarene from 2-6 pm for some music, food, and a speech from the founders of this amazing
    program, Dale and Dar Emme.
  • Monday, September 11: Today is a day to communicate so go and talk to someone in your family
    about suicide (What to ask: Have you ever thought of suicide?), another thing to look forward to
    for DCHS students is a presentation once again from Dale and Dar Emme over the important
    issue of suicide. This will take place after First Block; please report to Third Block. There you will be dismissed.
  • Tuesday, September 12: Show your support for Yellow Ribbon Week today by tying a yellow
    ribbon on your car or placing one in your classroom , office, etc.
  • Wednesday, September 13: Today go on out to Compass Behavioral Health (506 Avenue L) at
    6:30 pm to attend Suicide Prevention training.
  • Thursday, September 14: If you’re wanting to show your support for suicide prevention or honor
    all who have passed away to suicide you can attend a balloon release at either Dodge City High
    School at 9 a.m. or at Family Care Clinic at 5:50 p.m., if you’re unable to attend either event you can
    also join in on the global Candlelight Vigil by lighting a candle near one of your windows at
    home.
  • Friday, September 15: Today is a day to boost someone’s day, go see how nice it feels to see how
    a small compliment or conversation can greatly affect someone’s day!
  • Saturday, September 16: The 4th annual Alive & Running 5k walk/run is at 7 a.m. at the Dodge
    City YMCA come out to show your support whether you’re attending or just cheering them on it’ll
    be a great experience (to register call Compass Behavioral Health: 620-227-8566)!
  • Sunday, September 17: For the final day of Yellow Ribbon week honor all those who have lost
    their lives to suicide by attending the hour of remembrance at the Church of Nazarene at 3 p.m.

Although suicide prevention is something hard to talk about it is an important topic that should be
discussed. Even if you don’t feel comfortable talking to friends or family there are many hotlines and
websites that you can visit to help such as:
– National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
– www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
If you are looking for more about suicide prevention such as their resources or online training, you can
also visit:
– www.kansassuicide prevention.org
– www.sprc.org

…and don’t forget it’s OK to Ask 4 Help!

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