Central High School health class aims to break stigma of mental illness

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) –

Depression is more common than aids, cancer, and diabetes combined but talking about depression or other mental health issues is not always easy.

Last week we told you how the city of La Crosse is at the forefront of a national campaign to change the stigma of mental illness.

It’s called The Campaign to Change Direction. It strives to make mental health something we aren’t afraid to talk about in our workplace, homes, and schools.

More people are expected to die this year by suicide than in car accidents.

In Wisconsin, one out of seven high school students seriously considered taking their own life in 2013, according to the Department of Health Services.

Students at La Crosse Central high school said it’s hard to talk about depression and suicide, but thanks to their health class, dealing with those thoughts and feelings is getting a little easier.

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