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Film project to help Kentucky high school students raise awareness, cope with emotional distress

A new project is underway to help Kentucky high school students learn more about prevention and healthy coping strategies to deal with bullying, substance use, and teen suicide through a creative partnership with the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities (BHDID), the state’s Regional Prevention Centers, HoriZen Media, and The Rising Center. Filming for an...

One in 12 Ky. high-school sophomores in 2016 poll said they’d attempted suicide in previous year

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A 2016 survey found that 8.2 percent of Kentucky’s high-school sophomores – about one in 12 – said they had attempted suicide at least once in the previous 12 months. That may seem high, but the national rate is even higher: 9.4 percent. “We need to take that seriously,” Dr. Julie Cerel, a psychologist and professor at the University of...

SmartHealthToday: You may want to — but you shouldn’t — ignore the red flags of youth suicide

SmartHealthToday Team Each year, 4,600 young people in the United States between the ages of 10 and 24 lose their lives to suicide. In fact, suicide is the third leading cause of death in that age group in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Think age 10 is too young to worry about suicide? Think again. Gail Rizzo, a child and family counselor with St. Elizabeth...