The Mississippi Department of Mental Health brought to light the uncomfortable topic of suicide with students Thursday.
Representatives of the "Think Again Network" led sessions at Meridian High School, titled 'Shatter the Silence. Suicide: The Secret You Shouldn't Keep'.
They wanted to talk about changing the way young people think about mental health, and also suicide prevention.
"It's a secret that they shouldn't keep, so we want to help educate them and understanding some of the warning signs and some of the things that go along with some ones that are having suicidal thoughts," said Frankie Johnson of Central Mississippi residential Center. "Mississippi is not exempt from that. In fact we can note than 1 in 5 individuals would have a mental illness. Mental illness is of course linked with suicide, because depression is a mental illness."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people 15 to 24 years old.
The Think Again Campaign encourages youth to speak out if they or someone they know is thinking, writing or talking about suicide.
Click on the link below to read more about the warning signs and suicide prevention.