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Middle School Suicides Reach An All-Time High

Recent report shows that middle school children are dying of suicide at greater rate than are dying of car crashes.

“The suicide rate among youngsters ages 10 to 14 has been steadily rising, and doubled in the U.S. from 2007 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014, 425 young people 10 to 14 years of age died by suicide.”

“Kids spend a lot of time at school … it’s where they live their lives,” says David Jobes, who heads the Suicide Prevention Lab at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. “Suicide prevention has been focused on schools for a long time because it’s a place where kids are and where a lot of problems can manifest.”

“Many educators don’t feel comfortable talking about suicide, or often don’t know what to do or say when a student needs help, Jobes says. He recommends resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that are specific to schools.”

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