Teen Suicide Problem a Taboo Topic in Utah


Every 11 days, a Utah teenager commits suicide, which is a leading killer of young people in the state. State officials could be mounting a full-frontal attack on the problem. In fact, the opposite is true, reports the Deseret News. Suicide is clearly a taboo subject.

Therapists, educators, “suicidologists” and parents who have lost children to suicide say Utahns must begin to talk about teenage suicide in a more honest way in order to change the state’s infamous reputation. Utah leads the nation in suicides among men aged 15 to 24. And females attempt suicide three times as often as males. Males simply use more lethal means and are four times as likely to wind up dead.

Link: http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,635201873,00.html

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