EUGENE, Ore. -- A local photographer teamed up with high school seniors in the Eugene-Springfield area to create billboards with messages on preventing suicide and the dangers of texting and driving.
Most of the teenagers who appear on the billboards know someone who has taken their own life.
Local photographer Bruce Berg took the pictures to bring awareness to the fact that more teenagers are committing suicide.
Churchill High School senior Cheyenne Mennenga said the message is important.
"I thought it needed to be talked about. It needed to be put out there. I thought yes, this is a serious issue. I personally have friends. Sometimes I go through times where I'm just not feeling the best. It needs to be talked about and put out there," she said.
The billboards will be up through Oct. 17.