Students talk about suicide prevention at vigil

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At a vigil inside College Hill United Methodist Church, friends of a Wichita-area teen who died by suicide gathered to mourn, but also to spread a message to anyone who may experience suicidal thoughts.

“It’s really emotional,” said Gabby Gestring. “I was devastated… it’s just really hard for me.”

She, in particular, knows the pain all too well.

“I went through that. Seven years. I just want people to know that they can get help. I got help and I stopped getting those thoughts.”

Educators have expressed the importance of conversations about suicides, and Wednesday night, so did spiritual leaders.

“It’s something that we can become insensitive to,” said Jill Sander Chali, pastor of College Hill United Methodist church. “I think such a tragic situation like this reminds us that every single life matters.”

These students feel it’s their responsibility to carry that message forward now.

“People will be there for them,” Gestring said.

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