Valley prep football players share messages of hope during Suicide Prevention Month

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Posted 8/18/20

The National Quarterback Club recently announced the renewal of partnership between NQBC, Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club and Teen Lifeline, the nonprofit Arizona-based suicide prevention hotline.

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Valley prep football players share messages of hope during Suicide Prevention Month

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The National Quarterback Club recently announced the renewal of partnership between NQBC, Grand Canyon State Gridiron Club and Teen Lifeline, the nonprofit Arizona-based suicide prevention hotline.

With grant funding support from NQBC, the three-way collaboration has produced a series of public service announcements featuring select Arizona high school football players.

The PSAs are designed to provide messages of hope to troubled teens and reduce the incidence of suicide and attempted suicide among teens in Arizona, according to a press release.

“Arizona high school students continue to be separated from their primary social groups as a result of school districts beginning the fall semester online and delaying normal on-campus school activities,” NQBC President Don Kile said in a prepared statement,

“During these challenging times, the PSA messages will place the Teen Lifeline mission on the forefront and remind teens in crisis that they are not alone. The PSAs will be channeled through athlete social media accounts and other various outlets throughout September.”

September is Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The collaborative PSA social media campaign to support the mission of Teen Lifeline utilizes 12 Arizona high school football players from eight Valley high schools to share the peer-to-peer message that there is help and there is hope.

Teen Lifeline contact information is present on the back of more than 213,000 student IDs at 135 high schools across the state.

“We are pleased to partner with NQBC and GCSGC because we know that the PSA campaign brings awareness to students who are struggling. There are resources and people out there who can help,” Michelle Moorhead, executive director of Teen Lifeline, said in a prepared statement.

“With the support of these outstanding student athletes, we are confident that our message of hope will gain traction and momentum.”

Mr. Kile said the National Quarterback Club is happy to support the grassroots programs that involve high school football players sharing messages of hope and encouragement.

“Because of the delays in back-to-school activities, this message of hope to teens in crisis is more relevant today than ever,” he said. “We are proud to partner with both GCSGC and Teen Lifeline in celebration of the organization’s 33-year commitment to saving young lives.”

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, don’t give up. There is help and there is hope. Call or text 602-248-8336 or visit teenlifeline.org.

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