Welfare Watch Update  September 26, 2018


Schools try to thwart a troubling trend: childhood suicide

September 21, 20918
By Marlon A. Walker - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The number of children across the country between ages 10 and 17 who commit suicide annually has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nationally, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people between ages 15 and 19, according to the CDC. Twenty-six children between ages 10 and 17 have taken their lives in the state so far this year, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Fatality Review Program.

More than 1,000 attempted-suicide cases were treated last year at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and its system facilities.

In the DeKalb County School District, at least 8 students — one per week on average — have tried to take their lives since school began in early August. Two of those reported were successful. - full article


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