Pre-teen suicide rates are rising at an alarming rate. Dr. Debra Wentz, president/CEO NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies states that there is often tremendous pressure to succeed, which causes teen ages and young adults to feel increasingly more isolated and hopeless and contributes to the rising rates of suicide. Further, through various media channels, children are exposed to complex situations and information that they can’t process emotionally or developmentally, which results in a desensitization and contributes to at risk situations. Suicide attempts should be taken seriously, and not dismissed as a call for attention. NFSB provides families with confidential counseling in a psychologically safe environment should the need for intervention arise.
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