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Michaela Moore, Miss Leaf River Valley, spoke to approximately 300 students from more than 20 schools at the Mississippi State Association of Student Councils Convention on Saturday, April 18, at Biloxi High School. As a contestant in the Miss Mississippi Pageant 2015, her platform is “Shining a Light on Life,” Suicide Prevention and Awareness.

 

Moore’s speech emphasized that although the subject of suicide is not often talked about, students need to be educated not only to get help for themselves if in need, but also to look for signs of depression and isolation in others. According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 10 – 24, resulting in approximately 4,600 deaths per year. War veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and also the elderly are vulnerable to depression and suicide.

 

Moore suggested that the council members plan activities for their schools that include all groups, not just their friends. She stated that they should reach out to students who seem isolated, asking their opinions on school issues. Emphasizing that students are not medical professionals, she suggested that they can help by identifying warning signs in others such as social withdrawal, anger, and negative comments, and help those students in need seek the advice of responsible adults. Moore stated that conscious caring and awareness by members of society can save lives if we take action. She stated that her wish is to help those who wish to end the pain today realize that there can be a brighter tomorrow.

 

At the convention, Moore also sang the National Anthem and later entertained with vocal selections. Moore graduated from Biloxi High School in 2012 and is currently a junior at the University of Southern Mississippi.  

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