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Empty chairs show impact of suicide, raise awareness

10:22 AM, May 17, 2013
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Exactly 180 folding chairs sat empty in front of Lawrence University's campus center Thursday, a grim reminder of the number of people who die by suicide each day in the U.S.

The event, modeled after the University of Minnesota's "Don't Sit In Silence" presentation, sought to raise awareness of suicide's impact, said Kathleen Fuchs, the coordinator for Lifeline, Lawrence's suicide prevention initiative. Students weaved in and out of the rows of chairs, reading the memorials taped to them.

"If people are struggling, they shouldn't feel ashamed or embarrassed - they should ask for help," ...

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