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Suicide prevails as the leading cause of death among children

Suicide has become the sixth leading cause of death among children ages five to 14, according to suicide.org.

Elizabeth Makulec, executive director at a suicide prevention hotline called at Kids Under 21, says children do not understand the permanence of suicide, and can become depressed over small situations, such as losing a library book or earning a bad grade on a test.

Makulec said it’s important for parents for to know how to acknowledge the warning signs of depression and stay involved in their children’s life.

Talking to children, in addition to teachers and counselors, can also improve mental health among kids.

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