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Education Matters – Youth suicide

Topic:  Youth Suicide

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. Losing a child for any reason is devastating, but when it’s suicide, family and friends are not only grieving the unexpected loss, they often find themselves confused and guilt-ridden wondering why they were unable to prevent it. In North Carolina, suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 17 — and the numbers are rising. On this week’s show, we’re going to look at the trends and data on youth suicide with state experts and then hear from a prevention specialist about the warning signs as well as what our schools are doing – and what we can do – to keep our children safe.

Guests:

Michelle Hughes, Executive Director, NC Child

Kelly Lister, Crisis Intervention & Prevention Specialist, Wake County Public Schools

Resources

EdLines

High level departures at DPI
https://www.ednc.org/2018/08/10/two-formerly-high-level-dpi-staffers-out-another-state-board-members-resigns/

Math test creating teacher staffing challenges
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article216196615.html

Enrollment declines in teacher prep programs
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/08/09/enrollment-is-down-at-teacher-colleges-so.html?cmp=soc-twitter-shr 

Interview Segments

Need help? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

NC Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)
http://www.nchealthyschools.org/data/yrbs/

NC Suicide Prevention Resource Center
https://www.sprc.org/states/north-carolina

NC DHHS Suicide Data
https://www.injuryfreenc.ncdhhs.gov/DataSurveillance/SuicideData.htm

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Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.