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Teen suicides on the rise

September 7, 2007

Albany-- A disturbing new report shows the suicide rate among preteen and teenage girls spiked dramatically. Federal health officials say they can't fully explain the surprising trend.  It shows the biggest jump of sixty-seven percent in the suicide rate for girls ages ten to fourteen. 

Local health officials say parents need to be aware of some of the possible warning signs.  "The teen being very depressed, and maybe talking about death. Maybe there has been another suicide or death in the school, also if the person starts wanting to give away things, treasured items. Substance abuse, change in behavior, or just differences they have not seen" Garnie Mitchell with Phoebe Clinical Services. 

Overall, suicide was the third leading cause of death among young Americans in 2004 with nearly 46 hundred suicides. Next week is national suicide awareness week.

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