Teen Suicide

By: Danielle Banks
By: Danielle Banks

A recent government survey found in kids age 12-17, only one in three of those who considered killing themselves received councelling.

Dr. Fred Fox lost his son Matthew to suicide in 1998. He was 24-years-old.

"There were some very subtle clues, but like in many cases suicide is often an impulsive act, particularly in that age group," Fox said

Since then, he and his wife have been working to prevent other kids from taking their own life. They serve on a suicide prevention task force that is made up of different valley agencies.

"Personally among peers suicide is sometimes shared as a secret. It's felt this is not a secret to be shared. It may be a life saving procedure if you can share that with somebody else and help these individuals," Fox continued

The CASA "Teen Hotline" is an option for kids that don't feel they can turn to an adult.

"Most kids do turn to other kids unfortunately when they're in crisis and so it's nice to have kids that are trained and educated on all these issues," Gianna Gariglietti said.

Gariglietti is a hotline supervisor and says she has heard many reasons for suicide attempts.

"The kind of overwriting theme is just relationships in general. That with their siblings, boyfriends, girlfriends, and parents. There's some question even about sexuality, STD, or issues like that," Gariglietti said.

Most kids won't approach their parents with their feelings, but Gariglietti says there is something the parents can do.

"I understand these are really hard things to talk, to talk about these issues," Gariglietti said.

If you or someone your know needs help, call the CASA-24 Hour Hotline at (540) 434-2272.


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