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Chippewa Falls student starts suicide prevention program called the ONEmovement

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Brock Larson, a recently graduated Chippewa Falls High School senior, started an organization called ONEmovement to help spread suicide awareness after losing three of his classmates to suicide since his freshman year. 

Known as the second leading cause of death among teens, Larson recruited fellow classmates to help slow the statistics.

"In a perfect world, our goal would be to stop suicides," ONEmovement member Mya Strader said. "In the real world, our goal is just to reduce them and help people who are struggling through depression or anxiety, anything."

Larson and fellow ONEmovement members have a strong following on social media. Students and faculty from all across the Chippewa Valley are joining by sending a picture holding up the number one. Strader is organizing a run-walk for September 2016, and the organization plans to buy bracelets for the incoming freshmen class to remind students that they are not alone.

"Everyone matters and everyone has someone who cares," ONEmovement founder Brock Larson said. "I felt like i needed to do something. I felt a passion. I felt driven."

ONEmovement is looking for donations to help cover the costs of spreading awareness about suicide. Those interested can reach out to the organization through its Facebook page.

News 18 did speak with a family that lost a daughter to suicide in May. Janna Cobb's story, struggle with depression, and family's efforts to continue her journey will air Wednesday, June 29 at 10 p.m.

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