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Following School Suicide, National Children's Charity Issues Tips and Free Resources to Help Prevent 3rd Leading Cause of Death Among Youth
Date:3/7/2008

me anxiety, or depression

-- Low self-esteem

-- Hopelessness or helplessness

-- Increased irritability or anger, mood swings or withdrawal from

communication

-- Stress from difficult situations including the inability to cope with

loss (such as divorce, breaking with a boy/girlfriend, loss of a job or

status, death of a loved one

-- Feelings of worthlessness

-- A victim mentality caused by physical, sexual or emotional abuse

Suicide More Common Among Young People

"Learning these facts is increasingly important," says Scott Merritt, executive director of KidsPeace Bowdon across the state line in Georgia. "Not only is suicide the third leading cause of death among young people 15 to 24 years of age, but from 1980-1996 the rate of suicide among 10 to 14-year-olds increased by 100 percent. Since 1950, the suicide rate for white females ages 15-24 has doubled, and for white males ages it has tripled."

Information & Resources

A variety of free informational efforts and resources exist to help both parents and children. Here are just a few:

-- http://www.kidspeace.org offers a free, downloadable suicide information and

prevention brochure, along with many other prevention materials to help

lessen the stresses on today's kids

-- http://www.TeenCentral.net is a free, safe, and anonymous problem-solving

resource where older kids and teens can go to find hope, encouragement,

and clinically screened advice to defuse crises in their young lives

before they become overwhelming

KidsPeace is a 125-year-old national children's charity dedicated to helping America's kids avoid and overcome the kinds of crises that can strike any child - from traumas to neglect, depression, and the stresses of modern lif
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