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Help Line, Advice Available For Teens In Need

Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

(UNDATED) - Teen suicide is being focused on once again after a 14-year-old student at Triton Central High School in Shelby County took his own life.

Colleen Carpenter, Director of Indiana Care's Youth Suicide Prevention Technical Assistance Center, says there are a variety of signs of thoughts of suicide in teens which are best organized in categories such as feelings.

She says another category of warning signs would be things you might see such as writing about death or destruction or being aggressive and getting fights with other people or doing really risky or reckless things or drinking or using drugs on a much heavier basis than they had previously.

Carpenter says any changes in a teen's behavior are possible warning signs such as a child no longer hanging out with their friends when they used to on a regular basis.

Carpenter says finding out what's wrong is as simple as asking questions. She says there is a help line not only for those who may be contemplating suicide but also for those who are trying to help a friend or family member. That number is (317) 251-0005.

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