PIEDMONT, SC (FOX Carolina) – Lisa Wilson, Wren’s high school graduation coach, says the Wren High School community has faced its fair share of tragedy over the past few years.

“Several who committed suicide,” she explained.

In an attempt to help the school, the #SameHere Schools program is coming to Wren High on Monday.

“I really feel like after a day with them, the kids will be so much more prepared and equipped to help out a friend,” Wilson said.

Wren High School is one of only 10 K-12 schools nationwide to host the program this year.

Former NFL player Reggie Walker will be upstate to share his past experiences and his own journey with mental health.

He will be joined by #SameHere Global CEO and Founder Eric Kussin at the school.

“Our mission is to normalize society’s perception of mental health and make it part of our daily conversation, so we do that,” Kussin said.

According to the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, 54 people in the county died by suicide in 2020.

This is up from 36 the previous year.

“As more and more people are speaking, we are still using the same language as before and that is why we come to these schools,” Kussin said.

Wilson has simple hope for his students now and beyond.

“Gives everyone the tools to help someone else and maybe even help themselves,” she said.

These programs across the country are run through a grant from the National Football League Players Association.

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