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Wilson Co. group attempts to raise awareness of teen suicide

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MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

On Saturday, the Living Hope Foundation hosted the inaugural "Spice 4 Life" Festival in Mt. Juliet.

According to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, suicide is the third leading cause of death for those ages 10 to 24 years old.

The festival was a celebration of life but also a chance to educate the community in hopes of preventing teens from committing suicide.

"We just want to reach people with the message that suicide is preventable," organizer Pat Shevel told Nashville's News 2. "We hope that if it reaches just one person and turn the tide on whether they commit suicide or not, that would make this whole event worthwhile."

Several information booths and counselors were on hand to discuss suicide prevention.

Victoria Beth, 15, attended Saturday's festival and knows firsthand the devastating effects of teen suicide.

Beth's best friend died by suicide one month ago.

"Even though I knew the stuff that she was going through, it was just really startling to see such a wonderful person being pushed to the point to where she would try to commit suicide," Beth told Nashville's News 2.

For more information on suicide prevention visit, www.TSPN.org.

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