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Awareness, education can help prevent teen suicides


Last updated 10/26/2018 at 12:48pm

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Youth suicide is a major health problem facing the youth in the nation, state and local communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, over one out of every 14 young people in the nation attempted suicide in the previous 12 months.

Most people are unaware of the danger suicide presents for young people. The Parent Resource Program is a web-based program designed specifically for parents; however, the information provided is an excellent resource for educators, coaches, youth workers, other adults and young people.

The Jason Foundation said that awareness and education are key elements to preventing youth suicide. The main focus of the Parent Resource Program is to provide information that will assist parents to recognize changes in behaviors that may indicate suicidal thoughts and know what to do to help an at-risk child. It provides youth suicide statistics, common suicide myths, signs of concern, higher risk groups, risk factors and elevated risk factors, a list of what a parent can do, the do’s and don’ts, resources for assistance and a parent and community seminar.

For more information, visit the Parent Resource Program website at

Submitted by the Jason Foundation.


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