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Suicide Is 2nd Leading Cause of Death for Teens; Local Doctors Say Problem Is Increasing

Suicide Is 2nd Leading Cause of Death for Teens; Local Doctors Say Problem Is Increasing

Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie is the latest district to send a warning to parents about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why.” Many view the show as glamorizing teen suicide. Dr. Molly Adrian of Seattle Children’s said, “There has been a lot of concern that if you ask a teenager, are you thinking of suicide, is that planting a seed in their mind.” Adrian added that if your child seems different than normal or withdrawn, you should ask point blank if they have ever thought of committing suicide. If the answer is yes, stay calm and continue the conversation and ask more open-ended questions.

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