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Every day, thousands of teens attempt suicide in the U.S. — the most extreme outcome for the millions of children in this country who struggle with mental health issues.

As we've reported all week, schools play a key role, along with parents and medical professionals, in identifying children who may be at risk of suicide. And one of the biggest challenges: myths that can cloud their judgment.

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Suicide rates are highest between the months of April and August according to the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research director Dan Romer says the analysis debunks the myth of higher suicide rates during end-of-year holidays.

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Director of Clinical Operations at Ridge Behavioral Health System Geoff Wilson of Lexington speaks with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the prevalence of teen suicide and his upcoming public event addressing the issue in Paducah on July 13.

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There's limited data that shows why people suffer from depression over the holidays, but one can reasonably assume that it's often a time where people who already feel isolated may feel more isolated, or see others who are more socially connected. Suicide prevention is a difficult topic, but an important conversation to have. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Murray State Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Michael Bordieri on ways to reach out and help people who may be struggling and some of the warning signs that might be displayed.

Suicides among Kentucky veterans and active military service members have increased the past several years. In many cases, those who have died never sought help through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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Tragic human losses stemming from depression inspire us to learn more about the illness with Dr. Michael Bordieri, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about what depression looks like and when to seek treatment.

Listen to the first part of our series: Understanding Depression, Myths, Causes, Treatments

Afternoon Round-Up 8/21/12

Aug 21, 2012

Today on NPR: A growing number of phone apps are using internal GPS to locate other potentially compatible singles nearby. But to date, far more men than women are signing up for the services.

UK Launches New Military Suicide Study

Aug 21, 2012
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With the rate of suicides among military personnel continuing to rise, a University of Kentucky professor is leading a study to investigate the effect those deaths have on family and friends left behind. Based on previous research, it’s estimated that around 40 percent of Kentuckians know someone who has taken their own life.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Nashville man suspected of killing his wife yesterday.  The KSP in McCracken County were looking for a Mercedes involved in a hit and run around noon on I-24.  

Bullying Bill Heard in House

Mar 13, 2012

Parents of children who committed suicide after being bullied at school testified before the Kentucky House Education committee Tuesday, advocating a bill that they say would strengthen the state’s current bullying law. The measure would prohibit harassing behavior and communication based on a student’s race, ethnicity, religion, physical or mental disability, gender, and sexual orientation.  Representative Ben Waide, a Republican from Hopkins County, said he opposed the bill because it would provide special rights to certain people. 

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