Students Who Lost Friend Speak about the Loss Suicide Causes
Smith, Lisa, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Lisa Smith Daily Herald Staff Writer
Editor's note: To protect the privacy of the family, the Daily Herald does not identify victims of suicide.
St. Charles East High School seniors Stephanie Rosa and Emily Higgins cried, comforted each other and looked through old photos after their friend and classmate committed suicide two weeks ago.
They felt helpless. Although they could not bring back their friend, the girls wanted to bring awareness to the issue of suicide in the hope that none of their other friends or classmates would take their own lives.
"I was like, 'Emily, we really need to do something about it. It feels good to let it all out but we really have to do something,'" Rosa said.
Rosa and Higgins discovered YellowRibbon.org, a national suicide prevention foundation. They ordered yellow ribbons featuring their friend's name on one side and the words "teen suicide prevention" on the other and sold them for $1 each. …