Over the past ten years, rates of suicide among children ages 10 to 14 have more than doubled. Though suicide prevention often focuses on bullying, data suggests that only about 9 percent of suicide cases indicate that bullying was the leading factor. Other factors in youth suicide include relationship problems, usually with family or significant others, and mental health problems, with more than half of youth suicides having multiple precipitating factors. Approaching suicide prevention holistically, by promoting positive relationships between students and teachers, and encouraging physical, social, and emotional health, will be a more effective strategy.
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