Community leaders and parents gathered at the Church of the Living God to pray for end to a crisis they see spreading across the region.

It’s the so-called “Suicide Pact” on social media.

“An increasing number of suicides and suicide attempts amongst our children in our schools,” said Pastor Ennis Tait.

But prayer is only part of their strategy. Showing teens they are loved is another part.

Ronita Beaman says she’s worried about so-called “games” on social media that may encourage children like hers to harm themselves.

“Sometimes peer pressure and different things of the other children can play a part, so at that point, no more social media for my household,” says the mother of five.

“I always go to my children and tell them, ‘If you need someone to talk to, I’m here,'” says Lisa Latham.

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  • If you know someone battling depression that may need help, they can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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