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Suicide rates on the rise in Idaho, Mountain West


October 7, 2018

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — On a mid-September evening, as the sun sank into the Snake River Canyon, several dozen strangers gathered at the Perrine Bridge to send a simple message.

Using pipe cleaners, they adorned the bridge with bright orange bracelets bearing two words: "Love yourself." Afterward, they mingled quietly among themselves, some opening up to discuss the common tragedy they shared.

At the center of it all, doling out wristbands and comforting words, were siblings Kayla and Koby Gardner, who lost their brother Skyler to suicide in March. The Gardners organized weekly gathering...

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