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'You're not alone,' High school students put on event for World Suicide Day

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September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day.

In Colorado Springs, several teenagers gathered at The Warehouse restaurant downtown to listen to people's stories along with songs and poems about their experiences with depression and losing loved ones to suicide.

'I wanted other people to be able to hear these stories on a larger scale,' said Gracie Packard- a senior at Rampart High School who helped organize the event.

For Packard, suicide prevention is a cause she's passionate about- in middle school she worked through mental illness.

'It really accumulated and kept getting bigger because I felt ashamed to talk about it," said Packard.

She added that the organization To Write Love On Her Arms was something that inspired her to overcome suicidal thoughts- something not everyone finds.

"I think because so many people are affected with it in our community its sort of become a necessity to be open about the situation," said Isaac Ross, another event organizer.

Speakers of all ages shared their experiences at the event Sunday night, including Josh Garmon- a veteran who shared his experiences with mental health and the military.

For Garmon, he feels people need to understand there are resources and help out there 'you're not alone, you're not by yourself, you're not past any point of no return.'

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