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Community members lead prayer march to increase suicide awareness

Published On: Apr 14 2014 04:45:35 PM MDT   Updated On: Apr 14 2014 08:36:12 PM MDT
BUTTE, Mont. -

Local church groups came together Monday afternoon to let Butte students know the community cares and they are here to help.

Four Butte High School students have committed suicide in the past four months.

New Hope Center Executive Director Ruth Adams held hands with members of local churches around Butte Monday.

"The Christian community wants to come out and just pray and seek God to just put a stop to this," said Adams.

More than 30 people met outside Butte High School to show give their support for the friends and family of the teens who died by suicide over the past 4 months.

"I am so grieved over these suicides," said Adams. "Grief for the parents, for the teachers, their friends, their siblings -- all the families."

Ken Graham came from Kalispell to show his support.

"We just want to reach out to these families that are hurting as well, you know they've lost a loved one," he said.

Graham used to be a pediatrician in Butte. He said he'd treated the teens and was close with their families.

"I've known most of them pretty well, so I'm just going to keep praying for them and hope God gives them strength to make it through this hard time," said Graham.
Adams told us she hopes that by coming out Monday, anyone who may be considering suicide will see that the community cares and seek help.

The American Association of Suicidology put together a list of four things you can do if someone you know might be considering suicide. First, do not leave the person alone. Second, remove anything that could be used in a suicide attempt, including drugs or alcohol. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Finally, get the person help by taking them to a professional, even if it means a trip to the emergency room.