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NPR  How One Colorado Town Is Tackling Suicide Prevention — Starting With The Kids

In the 2016-2017 school year in Mesa County, Colo., seven teens died by suicide. Students were originally told not to talk about the deaths so as not to encourage copycats. Frustrated by the guidance, students spoke out and demanded change. The school district listened. They hired a suicide prevention coordinator and brought on a program for all students and staff. The program trains select student mentors to recognize when one of their peers is struggling, and direct them to help. Mawusi Danso, Heidy Cardenas, Victoria Mendoza and Johneth Price are peer mentors. Their goal is to reach their fellow students in need sooner. The link in our bio takes you to the full story. (Images: @mererizzo | Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

Giving students the real facts about their peers’ habits is a new evidence-based way to promote less risky behavior around sex and alcohol. Researchers believe this can help reduce sexual violence at schools. (Image: @gracekimtastic | Grace Heejung Kim for NPR)

The legendary pianist Chick Corea (@chickcorea) has lived many lives as a musician, from post-bop wunderkind to free-jazz maverick to fusion explorer to chamber-jazz eminence. That imprecise tally leaves out a lot in an expansive career — but, more to the point, it creates the false impression that Corea compartmentalizes his musical output, when the truth suggests something far more holistic. (Credit: @jazznightinamerica)

It's estimated that nearly half of all Americans over 65 own a gun or live with someone who does. And 7 million in the U.S. have dementia, a number that's expected to double within two decades. Given those statistics, people who work with dementia patients are trying to raise awareness and make gun safety a top priority for families. (Image: @nicolexu_ | Nicole Xu for NPR)

Dense smoke still hangs over Paradise, Calif., on Wednesday. Most residents fled to nearby towns along traffic-choked roads leading away from the small California community that was popular with retirees. Mayor Jody Jones estimates 90 percent of the residential structures were destroyed in California's Camp Fire. Crews search for those who may have perished in neighborhoods now marked by silence. (Image: Danny Hajek/NPR)

Students: have something to say? Now’s your chance. Tell us your story this spring in the first-ever Student Podcast Challenge. (Video: @neoncatdc | LA Johnson/NPR)

The Miss Navajo Nation pageant has been held every year since 1952. Contestants in this year's pageant met for a weeklong celebration of the traditions of female Navajo Nation life. (Credit: @caitlin_oh | Caitlin O’Hara for NPR) #nprpictureshow

Amazon means shopping. But it also makes movies and smart locks, publishes books, operates stores, helps other companies deliver packages and run websites. Amazon is not the dominant player in many of its sectors. But its range has helped it become the second most-valuable U.S. company, behind only Apple. (Image: @hisiheyah | Angela Hsieh/NPR)

To mark fifty years since his unit fought in the Battle of Ben Cui in Vietnam, NPR video producer Kara Frame's father, Staff Sgt. Tom Frame, got the guys together. It was more than a reunion; it was a way to heal. (Credit: @kara_frame | Kara Frame/NPR)

Veteran Leigh Michel is a retired first sergeant in the U.S. Army, where she trained as a Chinese linguist, jumped out of airplanes at Fort Bragg, N.C., and traveled the world as a chaplain assistant for 29 years.

She transitioned to civilian life earlier this year but continues to heal physical and mental wounds she has carried for decades, and her service dog Lizzy (right) provides relief that Michel says no other therapy or medication can match. She also has a smaller dog, Blade (left), as a pet.

Though the VA provides veterinary benefits for service dogs assigned to people with physical disabilities, it does not currently recognize psychiatric service dogs for treatment. (Images: @claireeclaire | Claire Harbage/NPR)

In her new book ‘Manifest,’ photographer Kristine Potter subverts the male gaze that has shaped the typical narrative of the American West. (Images: @kristine_potter | Kristine Potter) #nprpictureshow

LGBTQ students are more likely to be bullied, which can lead to missed classes and a higher risk of suicide. For them, a teacher who knows how to "queer" the classroom can make a big difference. (Image: @smalilams | Gracia Lam for NPR)

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