Thursday, July 14, 2016

Palo Alto teen suicide clusters spark study of numbers - SFGate

Palo Alto teen suicide clusters spark study of numbers - SFGate: "Young people in hypercompetitive Santa Clara County don’t appear to be at greater risk of suicide than their peers in the rest of California, but parents, teachers and others who interact with potentially troubled South Bay teens could do a better job forming close connections to them and getting them help, according to a new federal report.
The paper released this week came at the request of public health authorities in Santa Clara County who were alarmed by two well-publicized clusters of teen suicides in Palo Alto. Six young people died in 2009 and 2010 and four died in 2014 and 2015, most by standing in front of Caltrains near their schools.
The report, conducted by two federal agencies, is preliminary and draws mostly on data from death records and state surveys. A final report, due to be released this year, is expected to examine the clusters that prompted the investigation and how media reports and other community actions helped or hindered efforts to reduce suicide in the region."

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