MARYSVILLE – Suicide prevention is an important topic in this community – but especially at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
At M-P’s football game at Stanwood Sept. 28, Tomahawk students wore yellow and held up a large banner to let everyone know “You are loved.”
That positive message is important to get out, M-P assistant principal Christine Hinojosa and student resource officer Chris Sutherland said Tuesday.
A suicide prevention club with about a dozen members got started at M-P last year after a young man found out a girl friend of his was suicidal. He wanted to spread the word on how people should respond in those situations.
They started an awareness campaign that included wrist bands with the messages, “Never give up,” and, “You matter.” Inside the wrist band is the natinoal suicide prevention hotline phone number.
This effort coincides with another effort Sutherland and fellow officer Jeremy Wood started. It is an anti-bullying campaign taught now in all Marysville schools.
Those two officers also have started a nonprofit suicide prevention effort called, “Brothers in Healing.”