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Suicide prevention addressed at public Pueblo event

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The discussion on suicide prevention continued in Pueblo Thursday night.

It's part of the effort to destigmatize suicide and mental illness, after a string of teen suicides this past year devastated the community.

Thursday's event, which was held at Rawlings Library, focused on spotting signs that lead up to suicide--like anxiety and substance abuse--as well as offering resources to young people.

We spoke with one presenter who says she's seen a lot of progress in the last year, especially when it comes to the collaboration between medical professionals and community leaders.

But she says more can be done.

"I still think it's something that we need to be more public with," said DonnaLee Gonzales, who spoke at the event.

"I've seen several middle schools open their doors and let kids talk about it and have presentations regarding suicide," she added.

"I think more kids should get involved.  It's kind of hard talking to adults about what's going on in a kid's life because it's kind of uncomfortable I think," said high school freshman Kaylan Samons.

"So I think that if more teenagers got together with other teenagers and all got along, it would be more helpful," she suggested.

The next event, which is a Youth Resource Fair, is scheduled for September 29th at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center.

Parents Against Teen Suicide will be there along with other community groups, and will provide tables, resources, games.  It runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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