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Schools in Tri-State Draw Attention to Mental Health During Suicide Prevention Month

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – September is Suicide Prevention Month and schools across the tri-state are calling attention to mental health and suicide awareness.

At New Richmond High School, it’s Hope Week.

Each day has a theme, and on Wednesday the theme is float day. The event is organized by the Hope Squad.

“Hope Squad is a suicide prevention and mental health group here in high school,” says senior Zoe Hammond. “We’re here to de-stigmatize mental health and help kids who need it and make sure it’s not so scary to talk to people if you need help.”

Blake Howard, a senior at New Richmond High School, says Hope Squad has been around since its sophomore year.

“If you’re having trouble and need someone to talk to, there’s a whole group of people here ready to listen to you,” Howard continues, “and just help you with your problems. People have come to me about their mental health, and I’ve helped them with advice and referrals for help.

Ryan Hammond is also a senior and even wore pool floats to go along with the theme on Wednesday.

“I think it’s a fun thing that anyone can do and get involved in,” Hammond says, “And I think it’s like, ‘why are we doing this?’ And then you can spread the message, and more people will get involved and do these fun things.

On Thursday the theme is blackout and students are encouraged to get off social media for the day.

On Friday, they are asked to wear yellow to represent the color of suicide awareness.

The Hope Squad is supported by the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Council and Clermont County Family and Children First.

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