“Why are our young people taking their own lives?” – Public Source

“Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. In Allegheny County (Pa.), several efforts are ongoing to stem the loss of life through suicide prevention tools.”

by Mary Niederberger | PublicSource

suicideIllustration by Anita DuFalla | Public Source

“It is a group of 108 that includes middle and high school athletes and artists, fraternity and sorority members, folks who loved to fish, hunt and work on cars, some wayward teens, some students pursuing math and science degrees, a rookie police officer and others in fledgling careers.

“They were siblings, children, grandchildren and, in some cases, parents.

“Their ages range from 13 to 24.

“They came from all corners of Allegheny County and a few outliers.

“They are the young people who passed through the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office between Jan. 1, 2011, and July 11, 2016, because they took their own lives.

“They leave behind 108 versions of the question: Why?”

Read this gripping article at Public Source; click here.

causes of deathSuicide is first or second among the younger demographics in the Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources’ Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Service Area too according to the among the Pennsylvania County Health Profiles – 2014 Report.

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