Kimberly Harmon can tell you that middle school can be a tough time for any kid.
Kimberly says, "It's really hard with all the drama, your grades, and a bunch of ‘he said, she said’ stuff that just builds up."
It's that kind of stress that's overwhelming many students in area schools. Mix that stress with insecurities and trouble at home you have a situation some kids can't handle or face by themselves.
John Chick, a guidance counselor, says, "We screened 85 kids, and out of that we found 10 that something popped up for either pre-suicidal ideation or even had made an attempt in the last year."
It's a startling realization for some, but many kids know someone at school suffering from these types of emotional problems.
Chelsea Hyers says, "I heard of some friends who had done that and I was hurt when I heard that, and I asked them and they just let it all out."
It’s proof that there's a need for the TeenScreen Program.
Chick adds, "Sometimes I think the only reason we haven't had anything bad happen is because we've been lucky, not because we've been prepared."
But through a lot of hard work and community support, educators say the TeenScreen Program is saving lives.
Educators say they hope to expand the TeenScreen Program to other grades and schools in the county next year.
Lowndes Middle School was the first school in the state of Georgia to implement this program.
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