A new generation with a new set of challenges

, Posted in Local, Health, Posted: Tue, May 13 2014 at 11:21 PM, Updated: Wed, May 14 2014 at 3:30 PM

Medford, Ore. -- A suicide pact on a mountain in Ashland draws search crews, even the National Guard. It happened in April and put one girl in critical condition.

Health experts in Jackson County say teen suicide is a disturbing trend.  It's the second leading cause of death among young people. And just one of the many topics covered in a Jackson County Sheriff's Community forum Tuesday night.
According to the Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coalition, 1 in 7 students have thought about suicide this year. This year alone two young men took their lives, one a South Medford High School student, the other a former student of North Medford High School. Amy Buehler of Jackson County Mental Health says prevention is key saying "talk with your kids, have communication with your kids."

Technology is only adding to this growing problem.  Buehler saying "we find that things have gotten more severe with the internet and other ways that kids can be aggressed against in multiple ways in person as well as online." But Buehler says parents can use technology to their advantage "you can be responsible and look. Be their friend on Facebook so that you can see what their peers are posting to them and what you need to be concerned about."   Listening and surfing the web to help save lives and reverse a tragic trend.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said they are planning more of these kinds events starting in the fall.

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