Carmel High School student creates video to raise suicide awareness

CARMEL, Ind. -- A video, created by a student at Carmel High School, was shown to his classmates on Thursday to hopefully help prevent suicides.

"A couple of kids were sitting behind me and I heard one of them say, 'Man, this really means something,'" said Matt Sutton, Carmel High School senior.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 34 year olds in the U.S. It's the third leading cause of death among 10 to 14 year olds, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

17-year-old Eli Lucas was asked by the Counseling Center at Carmel High School to make the video for Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Lucas used the services at the Counseling Center before he decided to transition from female to male.

"When I got to high school, I was struggling with identity issues. And through my friends and family and the counseling department at school, I got help. And I've actually never felt like I've been in a better place as I am today," said Lucas.

He says no matter what you're going through, there's a place to turn.

Lucas says, through his video, he's challenging his classmates to look out for one another.

"If you see someone sitting by themselves or just going through a bad day, listen to them and make sure that they're OK," said Lucas.

The Counseling Center is open school days from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The phone number is (317) 571-5922.

If you don't attend Carmel High School, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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