Preventing Teen Suicide

ROME,NY (WUTR)---- Fans from around the world are mourning the death of 16 year old internet singing sensation, Hannah Stone. Stone, a former Whitesboro Middle School student, recently committed suicide.

"A suicide occurs, according to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, once every 12 minutes," stated The Neighborhood Center's Clinical Supervisor, Linda Troutman-Zelows.

According to Troutman-Zelows, the number of teenage suicides in America are increasing. She said in many cases, bullying on social media is to blame.

"People who are particularly sensitive may internalize whatever is written about them on social media, there by increasing their depression," Troutman-Zelows explained.

People who contemplate suicide will sometimes distance themselves from others and may start to give away personal items.

"In most suicides, people have diagnosable treatable psychiatric conditions that can be addressed."

Troutman-Zelows  advises parents of teenagers to monitor their children's smart phone and social media pages.

"You may not want to comment on everything they say, but it is important to monitor the content because you may be able to pick up on some subtleties  that maybe their friends may not pick up on, but you would as a parent."

If you suspect someone close to you may be contemplating suicide, she advises to ask them directly.

"You want to address it and link them up with someone who can help them. For example, in this area, we have the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT), which is a service 24 hours a day, 7  days a week, and 365 days a year."

The service is confidential and open to everyone.

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