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Every 12 minutes, one person in the U.S. dies by suicide, and nine out of every 10 of those individuals have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10-24.
Minding Your Mind is working with students across the country to change these statistics, reduce the stigma, and move from a crisis-based response to prevention through education.
Following a student's suicide more than a decade ago, English teacher Joe Vulopas rallied his students at Cocalico High School in Lancaster County to raise awareness. They formed an organization called Aevidum, a word the students invented to mean "I've got your back."
The face of bullying has changed with more and more students facing round-the-clock cyber bullying and harassing text messages and social media posts. That's one reason why state lawmakers enacted a new law last summer making cyber harassment of a child a third-degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania.
School social worker Stephanie Warshaw discusses a lifesaving technique anyone can use to help a child considering suicide.
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