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Mercer, NJ: "Alarming number of students who are referred for mental health services"

Dec 26, 2017, Mercer, NJ, Community News: Letter: Mercer school superintendents issue call to action https://communitynews.org/2017/12/26/letter-mercer-school-superintendents-issue-call-action/ In Mercer County, we are in the middle of an alarming trend regarding teenage mental health concerns. During the last 20 months there have been seven confirmed suicides of teenagers who were residents of, or students attending, schools in Mercer County. These deaths are not always attributed to our county because of the way in which deaths are recorded, but make no mistake these are our students. We write this letter jointly as superintendents representing every public school in Mercer County because we are heartbroken by the senseless loss of our children. No town is immune from suicide. We have lost students and graduates from almost every town across our county. These deaths have been violent, sudden and tragic. To all of us, one death is too many. What should further concern us all is the alarming number of students who are referred for mental health services, sent to crisis centers, or hospitalized for self-harming acts or ideations. …