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Suicide Prevention Week: September 9 to 15

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. You can find a short summary of statistics related to teen suicide here at Blah Blah Blah (with thanks to Little Willow for the link). For instance:

Teen suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among young adults and adolescents 15 to 24 years of age in the U.S., following unintentional injuries and homicide.

The CDC's suicide prevention site has lots of additional resources, as does the Young Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP) website.

Recommended Reading: It's not out yet, but if you have an advance copy of Jay Asher's book Thirteen Reasons Why (reviewed here), this would be a great week to read it, share it with teens, and/or order a copy for your library. Jay does a wonderful job of addressing a difficult issue, while putting the characters and story ahead of the message.