What we can do to stop the leading epidemic of teen suicide

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In 2017, suicide was the leading cause of death for Utahns ages 10 to 24. Jessica Bigler, Prevention specialist at Davis Behavior Health, shared her opinions and ideas on what people can do to stop these thoughts and acts. 

The epidemic has gained shocking numbers. When it comes to youth suicide, the percentage has skyrocketed 141% from 2011- 2015. Jessica said that children need to have a healthy mindset when using social media and parents need to remind their kids to pay attention to how they are feeling.

Davis School District has got on board with a program called, Youth Mental Health First Aid, which is first aid training for adults to learn how to identify what is going on with their youth. 

Intermountain Hope Task Force has trained instructors that come in and teach teens how to identify what the signs look like and what tools can be used to respond to emotions. 

Signs that parents should watch out for in their children are thoughts they might be having, what their feelings are, and any behavior changes. 

For more information and help regarding these issues visit, Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition at utahsuicideprevention.org and NUHOPE task force at nuhopeutah.org.

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