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Bexar County suicide rates continue to rise among teens

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BEXAR COUNTY – September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, along with September 8th – September 14th is National Suicide Prevention Week.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office has an astounding amount of data to reflect that the rate of teen suicides in the last five years has been rising.

“All the stories break my heart. We don’t ever want to see a child suffer in this way,” Maurine Molak, the founder of David’s Legacy Foundation, told NEWS4SA.

In a research study done in 2017, according to the CDC people between the ages of 10 and 34 years of age, suicide is the second leading cause of death and the fourth cause in people ranging in age of 35 to 54.

David’s Legacy Foundation facilitates education services for children about the warning signs and risk factors of suicide.

The Foundation also addresses how to help those who might be at risk and what organizations can provide assistance and resources.

The warning signs of suicide are indicators that a person may be in acute danger and may urgently need help.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 OR Text SIGNS to 741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling.

Other resources available to help those in need and you love are:

The Trevor Project – A national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

Veterans Crisis Hotline – A 24/7 veterans crisis hotline and suicide prevention services for military veterans suffering from PTSD.

SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, providing information to raise suicide awareness and prevention.

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