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Taking on suicide: Guest speaker aims to share message about prevention, intervention

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As a high school student, Arnold Thomas was recognized as one of Nevada's elite football and basketball players. As schools began recruiting him, he was well on his way to achieving his goal of becoming a professional athlete.

But in the spring of his sophomore year, his father committed suicide and Thomas' life was thrown into a tail spin. Looking for ways to cope with his grief and sorry, he turned to alcohol and drugs.

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