District, students tackle mental health, suicide prevention

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Salem and Keizer community members have become far too familiar with the crushing news of student death by suicide.

Several teen suicides have been reported since 2016 alone, with some coming in waves of what experts call “clusters” — one after the other in a short period of time.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools officials are taking multiple steps in the new year to prioritize the health and safety of the district’s nearly 42,000 students.

Meanwhile, Salem-Keizer students are seeing a disconnect between how district officials are handling mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and what teens really need. So, they’re organizing to make sure students have a seat at the table.

Read the stories at StatesmanJournal.com.

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