Palo Alto, School District Taking Steps To Address Teen Suicide

PALO ALTO (KCBS) — High school students’ lives can be at times filled with stress and anxiety. Beyond that, some students are not mentally well.

In Palo Alto, there have been two clusters of teen suicides in recent years. But concrete steps are being taken to address the issue in this affluent, tech-savvy, competitive community.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer brings us Part 2 of her special report: Beyond the Fingerpointing.

ALSO READ: Palo Alto Calls In CDC To Study Teen Suicide Clusters


Links:
Project Safety Net, Palo Alto
StarVista
Save the 2008
On Your Mind

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Here are some of the warning signs of suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

 

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