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Jump in Youth Suicide Prompts National Children's Charity KidsPeace to Issue Tips on Prevention, Warning Signs
Date:9/6/2007

h of a loved one

* Feelings of worthlessness

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

Suicide More Common Among Young People

Learning the facts is increasingly important. "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

"Children and parents should know they are not alone," says KidsPeace President & CEO C.T. O'Donnell II. "A variety of free informational efforts and resources exist to help in these stressful times." Here are 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 life. Founded in 1882 in Bethlehem, Pa., KidsPeace helps thousands of children a day at 65 centers nationally and millions more through public education and outreach with the support of its National Spokesperson and founder of the Memory Foundation Leeza Gibbons, Harvard's Dr. Alvin Poussaint, RETRO BILL, and other notables. KidsPeace was called "the outstanding organiza
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