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Teen suicide: What one American county is doing to get students to talk about suicide


A student performs in a play about suicide in Berks County, Pennsylvania.HD

A student performs in a play about suicide in Berks County, Pennsylvania. (Courtesy, Reading Eagle)

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Teen suicide: What one American county is doing to get students to talk about suicide

People in Berks County, Pennsylvania have some advice for towns like Woodstock, Ontario going through a suicide crisis:

Talk about it.

READ MORE: ‘Suicide contagion’ feared in Woodstock, Ont., after string of youth suicides

They’re walking their talk on this too. After facing 55 suicides in the county in 2015 (out of a population of about 415,000) they decided it was time to take action.

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They’ve been hitting the airwaves, the stage and the baseball field to spread the message: it’s ok to talk about suicide, you’re not the only person who’s had these feelings and there is help out there for you.

“I think the whole past thinking of it was, don’t talk about it because it will cause you to do it, and you should be ashamed of it and just get over it,” said Edward Michalik, Berks County’s mental health and developmental disabilities administrator.

“That couldn’t be more wrong. That’s what we’re trying to tell people: it’s normal, we’ll get you through it, there are other people that are struggling with it.”

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http://globalnews.ca/news/2751574/teen-suicide-what-one-american-county-is-doing-to-get-students-to-talk-about-suicide/

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  1. Reblogged this on HumanSinShadow.

    June 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm

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