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Mercer Cty, NJ: Educators meeting over rise in teen suicides

Jan 2, 2018, WHYY Radio, Philadelphia: Mercer County, N.J., school officials set meeting on rising teen suicide rate https://whyy.org/articles/mercer-county-n-j-school-officials-set-meeting-rising-teen-suicide-rate/ Seven suicides among teens in Mercer County, New Jersey, have the county’s school superintendents calling for action. The suicides, which occurred over 20 months, involved students ranging from 15 to 19, officials said. Though not all were still in high school at the time of their deaths, county education officials are planning a community response. Their logic is that, these days, children are more connected than ever, through social media and extracurricular activities. That means more kids are affected by an individual suicide. … Hoping to prevent more deaths, the superintendents have decided to take action with a public meeting at Rider University for parents and community members. A representative from the Traumatic Loss Coalition will be on hand to discuss risk factors, stigma, warning signs and tips for concerned parents. David Aderhold, superintendent of West Windsor-Plainsboro School District, said districts are starting to plan what to do next. Officials want to wait until after next week’s event, to factor in parent feedback. ….