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Pastor Denell Howard at Hovey Street Church of Christ held up his phone during a sermon Sept. 20 to show the small congregation an app he has downloaded.

It was a suicide awareness app, complete with the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, a mental health services locator and video tutorials about how to deal with young people who might attempt to take their life.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-8255 or chat online

He quoted Jay-Z — “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t” — and cited a New York Times report about how self-reported suicide attempts rose by 73% for Black high school students between 1991 and 2017.

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