Suicide Prevention and Awareness
by Payton Dubberke
Last year for my backpack story, I produced a story about a mission trip, but this year I wanted to go deeper. I wanted to produce a story about something that makes people uncomfortable, but needs to be talked about. I immediately thought of the topic of suicide.
Last March, I lost one of my friends from elementary and middle school to suicide. I knew that her story needed to be told, and I wanted to be one of the people to do it. In the St. Louis community, lots of people heard about this tragic event, but I wanted to share her story with our community in Washington. I wanted our school and community to see her face, learn about who she was, and the void that has been left behind.
The first thing I did was contact former classmates to see if anyone was willing to share stories they have about her and explain what type of person she was. At first, I wasn’t sure how many people would be willing to talk, but a lot of her close friends agreed to be on camera and help tell her story. After I got the interviews, the script came together very easily because I knew what I wanted to share about Rebekah.
During editing, everything sounded exactly how I wanted, and Ms. Turner helped me create a better pace and feel for the story. At first it was a little too fast-paced, but now it flows well.
Overall, I am very happy with how the story turned out. I hope that at the end of this, you all feel like you got to experience a part of Rebekah’s life and will help bring the suicide rate down by sharing her story.