Taking A Different Approach to Suicide Prevention

January 30, 2007 -- Posted at 5:49 p.m. CST

ARMOREL, AR -- Five people have committed suicide in Pemiscot County in the last seven months.  On Tuesday that number rose to six.

A group of pastors, parents, and other concerned people in the community are working together to bring a message of hope to teens in the area.

Motivational speaker Reggie Dabbs received a phone call from a parent affected by the suicides.

"You cannot change your past but you can change your future.  Today may be a day that you're in a tunnel and you can't see the light, but tomorrow maybe you'll wake up and see the light," said Dabbs.

Dabbs used humor and his own life story to let the kids know that their lives are important.

"We don't understand what's on the inside of these children.   That's why we're trying to reach them," said Pastor Jason Anderson.

Dabbs never specifically mentioned suicide in his program, only telling the kids that there is a tomorrow for each of them.

If you want to hear some of Reggie Dabbs message he will be speaking Wednesday night at 7:30 at the Caruthersville Recreation Center.  The concert is free to the public.Live Today Gathering |  Save |  AFSP