Health officials concerned about a rise in teen suicides
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting daggering statistics about teenage suicide. According to the CDC, the number of attempted suicides among teenagers had increased over a two year span from 2009 to 2011. The CDC also reports that suicide accounts for 13% of all deaths among youth and young adults ages 10 to 24. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Denardo spoke with Tampa Bay Crisis Center Suicide Prevention Services Manager Tom Mueller about what parents can do to help prevent such staggering numbers.
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