In commemoration of National Suicide Awareness Prevention Week, September 10 – 14, 2012, student leaders from LBJ High School reminded their peers during their regular school announcements that there is always someone they can turn to and talk with in their time of need. Pictured in the school library from left to right are: Antonio Gonzalez, LBJ High School Counselor; Nataly Ramirez, LBJ High School Student Leader; Dr. Bonnie Rudolph, TAMIU Professor and PILLAR Volunteer; Manny Sanchez, PILLAR Co-Founder; Myrthala Alejo, PILLAR Volunteer Counselor; and Orlando Ferdin, LBJ High School Student Leader. United I.S.D. worked in partnership with PILLAR (People with Ideas of Love, Liberty, Acceptance and Respect) to coordinate a Districtwide student public announcement activity. Five student leaders from each of the District’s nine middle schools and four high schools read from a prepared statement during morning announcements reminding every student of the importance of seeking emotional support as a way to prevent suicide. PILLAR, is a non-profit organization that works with youth on reducing suicide and bullying incidents, and the emotional turmoil associated with such acts by offering mental health services. Students should always seek assistance at their campus or call PILLAR at 723-7457 or 220-6100.