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S: I've Got Your Back - A Book About Aevidum

BC: Made by Danielle Corrao for EDR 509

FC: I've Got Your Back A Book About Aevidum!!

1: I've Got Your Back! A Book About Aevidum

3: Special thanks to Mrs. Shewmake, Mrs. Engle, and the Aevidum club for the work they do each day to make our school a better place. Also, thanks to my homeroom students (Kyle T., Kyle B., Faith, Ken, Jordan, Gabby, Laura, Chrissy, and Amanda, Greg, and Tucker) for posing for pictures and providing inspiration for this book. Lastly, thanks to Lauren Baxter, Aevidum's founder, for taking time to share her thoughts and goals with me. Her words are the backbone of this book. Aevidum

5: ae-vi-dum - interjection 1. an expression of reassurance to another person. Can be used in place of "I've got your back."

6: Middle schoolers care about more than just school. There's fitting in and trying to be cool, Family concerns, divorce, and other tough stuff, Worrying about dates, sports, and being not good enough.

7: But sometimes the pressure just becomes too extreme, And makes us feel we need to scream, or cry or withdraw, or we just feel too stressed. These all can contribute to feeling depressed.

8: But we're not the only ones

9: That feel this way...

10: 80 Americans take their

11: own lives every day.

12: About 3 million youths ages 12to 17 Have thought about suicide and tried to succeed.

13: The third leading cause of death is suicide without a doubt, Among depressed teens who feel there's no other way out.

14: Some signs of depression are easy to see Like weight changes, fatigue, and no interest in activities. | Others are personal and not as easy to catch, Like indecision, despair, or thoughts about death.

15: But depression differs from one person to next. That is what makes it so very complex. | So what should you do if you're feeling blue? Or if you see someone who is suffering too?

16: There's a word you should know and use it quite frequent.

17: When you say it to someone you might leave an imprint.

18: The word is Aevidum and it's an expression To help those teens suffering from depression. | When you say "Aevidum" it's important because it means you care about someone if no one else does.

19: But Aevidum is more than just a declaration, It's also an organization saving lives around the nation.!

20: When someone is sad and needs a hand, An Aevidum member can help you take a stand | Against depression and suicide - let's stop the chain.! Together we can help students who are in pain. | When someone is sad and needs a hand, An Aevidum member can help you take a stand

21: So if you know someone who is about to crack, Be sure to tell him “Aevidum - I've got your back.” | We can let kids know we will all be there When they need help or need someone who cares.

22: The most important thing to know about Aevidum is that it is an organization created to empower youth to recognize the warning signs of depression and suicide. Lauren Baxter recognized the importance of empowering students to talk about these topics when she and another student, Ashley Smith, created Aevidum in 2004 after a student at Cocalico High School committed suicide. Lauren and Ashley realized that students needed to talk about depression and suicide in order to prevent more deaths from happening. "I didn't want to walk into a classroom and see another empty desk," she explains. Aevidum was created as a way for students to talk about these taboo topics and prevent others from going down the same path. The goal of the organization is to save lives.

23: Aevidum's club members are committed to helping fellow students talk about suicide, depression and looking out for others. In order to do that, students must pledge Aevidum. Pledging Aevidum means that students must (1) know the warning signs of depression, (2) use the word "Aevidum" in everyday language, and (3) have a friend's back. Aevidum has now become an official corporation and is in the process of becoming a non-profit organization. Lauren says that the group's main goal is to establish "an Aevidum chapter in every middle school and high school across the country." For more information about Aevidum and to take the Aevidum pledge, please visit http://www.aevidum.com/aevidum/Welcome.html | Lauren Baxter talks to a group of Aevidum students at Cocalico Middle School | CMS students celebrate Aevidum! | Information for this book was found at http://www.aevidum.com/aevidum/Warning_Signs.html and http://www.teendepression.org/articles1.html and also through an interview with Lauren Baxter, founder of Aevidum

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