CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Suicide is a growing public health concern and is considered a leading cause of death in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
A recent study by Harvard Medical School found that from 2000 to 2017 the suicide rate among teens aged 15 to 19 rose by 47-percent.
Why are so many young people in our country taking their own lives? What are the numbers here in western Massachusetts? And what can be done to prevent this growing problem?
22News digital reporter Monica Ricci discussed teen suicide with Amanda Starfield, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with the Center for Human Development.
Below are links to both local and national mental health resources. If you or someone you know is suicidal, please call for help.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-Talk (8255)
Trans Lifeline (877) 565-8860
In Hampden County: Behavioral Health Network (BHN) Crisis (413) 733-6661
In Hampshire: Clinical and Support Options (CSO) Crisis (413) 586-5555
In Franklin: CSO Crisis (413) 774-5411
In Athol/Quabbin: CSO Crisis (978) 249-3141
THE SUPPORT NETWORK– Champions for Children’s Emotional Health