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Suicide Is the 3rd Leading Cause of Teen Death...What You Need to Know

Suicide is third leading cause of death for teenagers and Canyon High School is hoping to equip students with the knowledge needed to help prevent it. 

Canyon High School teachers say they have dealt with suicide tragedies in their district in the past and are hoping to prevent from dealing with it again.

Today students participated in the Signs of Suicide program to learn the skills needed to save lives as well as take a suicide screening test.

A change in appetite, withdrawal from normal activities, and joking about suicide are just three of many signs a teenager may be contemplating suicide.

And a school counselor says this program will help.

Cheryl Hukill says, "Yes, I have talked to students who were contemplating suicide and I've been able to get them help and so it is a good feeling. You know I wish they would have talked to me before they got to that point. I do think that it can reach a lot students before they get to that point."

And with the daily pressures of being a teenager one parent says this program is a good way to open the lines of communication.

Robin Terry has a junior aged son and attended the parent program. She says, "I think that sometimes we think as parents we think that it's the same that it was 20 years ago when we were in high school but pressures change, this is an ever changing world. There's more pressure on the kids and we just need to be proactive, if we're proactive in their sports events we need to be proactive in their mental health."

The 24 hour Nation Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1 800 273 TALK.

Signs of Suicide Include:

*A change in eating habits

*Withdrawal from family and friends or interest in regular activities

*Frequent Complaints about physical symptoms related to emotions like stomachaches, headaches, and fatigue.

*Giving Verbal hints of suicide plans

*Giving away prized possessions

*Suddenly cheerful after a period of depression.

These symptoms my also be signs of clinical depression, so call a medical professional for help.

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