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Number Of Teen Suicides Increasing in Clark County
Number Of Teen Suicides Increasing in Clark County

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AIR DATE: January 9, 2012

It's hard to pinpoint why the number of teen suicides are almost double what they were in 2010.  Suicide prevention specialists in Clark County are also perplexed by these figures.  We talk to parents who have lost their children to suicide.  Then we talk with a crisis team from Clark County schools that go into schools after a suicide to help kids cope.
 
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Linda Flatt, Office of Suicide Prevention, Nevada's Dept of Health and Human Services, (702) 486-8225
Rosemary Virtuoso, Deptof Student Threat Evaluation and Crisis Response, CCSD
Chris Miller, suicide survivor

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I am listening to your show a day late and I have to say this...If you want to understand depression then you listen to someone whose had depression and overcome it, if you want to understand drug addiction same thing, domestic violence same thing, If you want to understand the mind of someone that wants to die, same thing...listen to someone that has shot through the worm hole and come out the other side. It really boils down to loving yourself, you cannot feel love from others until you have some sort of love of Self. I am listening to CCSD talk about what is done after, why not start in elementary school with making it a priority to teach children things they can do to like themselves. My nephew has epilepsy and was not suicidal, so there is way more going on then that. I heard a woman say mood disorders need to be addressed, listen to me..it all starts much younger. You are looking for band-aides, not for solutions. The parents or caregivers are the first ones to instill self love in a child, if that is not being met then all problems in the future arise from that. LOVE OF SELF has to be top priority above EVERYTHING else.
Ligeia WillJan 11, 2012 12:29:32 PM
I know this segment is about teens, but I have a close friend in his mid-20s who has talked about suicide several times, especially when drunk. We hoped at first that he was joking, but it has become clear that he is serious. We've spoken to his family, but are unsure what to do. He's a college graduate who hates the career he's locked into. the psychologist he's seeing isn't helping. Please, if you have any suggestions for what to do, I'd appreciate it.
FrankJan 10, 2012 09:46:17 AM
I just logged on an was upset I missed this show. I am concerned more that no one responded to your comment. Maybe they mentioned it on the show, I hope. I find it very difficult to suggest anything to anyone about this topic, having been there myself so many times in my life, I know it has to come from the person themselves to want to live. I do believe that if they feel that they are loved it changes everything. Friends and relatives can love these individuals that want to take their own lives but for some reason the individual cannot feel the love. I feel that is what it boils down to. What is so very important for these kids is to make sure while they are growing up they learn to love themselves. In our society we look at the consequence and not the cause.
Ligeia WillJan 11, 2012 11:37:48 AM
Frank, please call or have your friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24 hours a day. You can also go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org There is help available and they can give you great support and resources.
Misty AllenJan 11, 2012 12:50:13 PM
Frank - you should ask your friend directly if he is thinking of suicide.If he says yes, ask what that means.Ask if he has a plan.If it's something you can protect him from, get the (pills,gun,rope, whatever)away from him for a time until he's safe.Give him the national Lifeline number-800-273-8255(TALK) Call it for him or with him.Get him help.Take an ASIST training - go to www.nvsuicideprevention.org/ Thanks for caring.
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