Students create powerful videos about suicide prevention: ‘It could save a life’

By: Scott Stump,

Ben Finnie never wants another family to feel the pain that his endured last summer when his older cousin committed suicide.

Kaleigh Finnie, 19, a bubbly college student from the Woodlands, Texas, took her life on June 15, 2015, leaving her family to wonder what they could have done to prevent the tragedy. speak-loud-enough-mental-health-teens-today-tease-160524_e512195cfc376e6d477a99becfdd7840-1-today-inline-large

“I think if she had have reached out, her parents and her friends and family would’ve done everything they could for her,” Ben Finnie told TODAY. “Talking to them in the aftermath, they were so broken up. They feel like it’s their fault, when it’s not. They would’ve done anything to help her.”

Finnie, 16, is now helping to spread the word about suicide prevention and erase the stigma of mental health issues by working with the Directing Change program in California. The student at Murrieta Valley High School is one of more than 2,000 California high school and college students who have created 60-second public service announcement videos about suicide and mental health to raise awareness around the state.

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MEDIA RELATIONS: THE TODAY SHOW, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach


By: Kerry Sanders, The Today Show

In honor of this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, racing legend Mario Andretti took NBC’s Kerry Sanders on the ride of his

75-year-old Andretti brought Sanders on two laps around the track, reaching speeds up to 170 mph.

Sanders also spent time in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celebrity compound chatting with actors Alfonso Ribiero and Donna Feldman and Olympic swimmer Dara Torres.

The Today Show broadcasted live from Graham Rahal’s Steak N’ Shake compound on Sunday morning before the Verizon IndyCar race.

To view the live Today Show hit from Long Beach click here. To watch a video of Kerry Sanders ride with Mario Andretti click here.