Firefighters donate money for anti-suicide resources

City schools will get anti-suicide resources, thanks to a donation by the Red Deer Firefighters Children’s Charity.

City schools will get anti-suicide resources, thanks to a donation by the Red Deer Firefighters Children’s Charity.

The $5,000 will buy materials from Josh Shipp, an American teen behaviour expert who will speak at a number of city schools two days next month.

Shipp is being brought to Red Deer by Eastview Middle School teacher Monique Stennes-Koot and her son Jacob Stennes, 14, in the wake of numerous local teen suicides. The mother and son chose Shipp, 31, because as a teen, he faced being in foster care, addiction and contemplated suicide.

Donations to help pay for Shipp’s presentations and materials can be dropped off at Eastview Middle School, 3929 40th Ave.For more information, call Stennes-Koot at the school at 403-343-2455.

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