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USA Today: Teenage and preteen suicides on the rise; social media cited

Aug 28, 2018, USA Today: Preteen suicides are rare, but numbers are on the rise https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/08/28/preteen-suicide-concern-school-mental-health/1119752002/ Preteen suicides, like that of a 9-year-old Denver boylast week, remain rare. But as their numbers rise, they're getting new attention from researchers. Jamel Myles died Thursday of suicide, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner said Monday. His mother said on Facebook that he had been bullied by classmates…. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the teen suicide rate rose by more than 70 percent between 2006 and 2016. Suicide was the 10th leading cause of death for elementary school-aged children in 2014, the CDC reported. The death rate among 10- to 14-year-olds more than doubled from 0.9 per 100,000 in 2007 to 2.1 per 100,000 in 2014. Suicide is a particular concern among LGBTQ youth. Pierce told KUSA-TV that her son was bullied because he was gay. Denver Public Schools said late Monday it was "deeply committed to ensuring that all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or transgender status. It is critical that our students receive all the supports they need to learn and thrive in a safe and welcoming environment."… Social media is a big part of the problem, says psychologist Benjamin Miller, chief strategy officer at the nonprofit Well Being Trust, which was a partner of Hopelab for the study. Preteens and teens are "not given enough time to process heavy and emotional issues every day," Miller says…. "How do you process that as a teenager when you're still trying to learn coping skills?" he asks. "It’s an even bigger problem if you are 6 to 12 years old."…