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Colorado Springs teen creates website to help battle youth suicide

Colorado Springs teen creates website to battle youth suicide
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Colorado Springs teen is using her own experience to help her peers struggling with suicidal thoughts by meeting teens where they are: online. 
Macy Rae Klein is only 16 years old, finishing up her sophomore year of high school. 
"My self-harm got increasingly worse as time went on, and a couple of my friends knew about it and were devastated by it," Klein said. 
For Klein, her reasons are people to live for. 
"At the time I had a box of 52 razor blades and inside the box, I wrote the names of all my friends, and I put that above all the blades so that every time I opened my box I would have to remove the names in order to get to what was underneath," Klein said. 
That list and those people helped her stop self-harming. Now, she's helping others. 
She's taken her reasons to a website to help those dealing with self-harm and suicidal thoughts. 
"It's terrifying to talk about. You don't want people to be scared of you, you don't want your friends to leave you," Klein said. "It's hard." 
Hoping to break the stigma, with community forums, resources and contact information to get help. 
According to the El Paso County Health Department, suicide was the leading cause of death for kids ages 10 to 17 last year. 
Since the start of 2017, several more teen suicides have been reported. 
"This past school year, there's definitely been an increase of teen suicides," a dialectical behavioral therapist at the Family Care Center Doreen DeRoss said. 
DeRoss specializes in DBT, dialectical behavioral therapy, proven to help people overcome suicidal thoughts.
She said a site like "Project Reasons" could help teens struggling to get the help they need. 
"When it is peer to peer, there's a lot more truth for the person who needs the help," DeRoss said. 
Klein said she wants her peers to know they are not alone. 
"I just want to save lives really," Klein said. "It's the most important thing to me." 
Klein launched the website in March and since then it's grown tremendously. 
She said people are contacting her from not only across the country, but the Netherlands and South Korea as well. 
People that have contacted her said they have taken the pledge to not commit suicide and to turn to the people in their lives for help.
Find her website here.


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