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Teenage Suicide is Devastating to Those Left Behind

Columbia U. Teen Screen Program Assesses Mental Health
September 28, 2008

After a suicide, so many questions go unanswered. In the case of a Ohio teen who hung himself in his high school bathroom, friends and family are left wondering why in a highly trafficked bathroom? Why at school? Why? Period. For that teen, it's too late to intervene. For others, a program like Columbia University's Teen Screen Program may identify a teen in trouble.

According to an article in the Toledo Blade,a 2008 county youth survey found that 5 percent of teens and tweenagers attempted suicide in 2007. The danger of completed suicides is their potential to trigger copycat suicides, said Dr. Madelyn Gould of Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

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