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Suicides & Attempts Among Elementary Aged Children - Erika Kurre

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EAST NASHVILLE, TN - The age of children threatening suicide is becoming younger.
Some attempting to kill themselves as young as seven years old.

Threats of suicide in elementary schools aren't uncommon even here in the midstate.

The big question is whether these suicide threats and attempts have increased in young children or if we're just hearing more about it now.
Depending who you talk to, the answer could be both.

Dr. Julie Barnes is a children's counselor in East Nashville.

She says it's not uncommon for elementary-aged children to bring up the topic of suicide as "their only way out."

Each mention is taken seriously.

Children's Hospital Boston reports suicide is the fourth-leading cause of death in children between ages 10 and 14.

Just last month, an 11-year old in North Carolina, Michael Morones, attempted to kill himself by hanging.

His mother believes it's due to school bullying because he likes "my little ponies."

Morones remains in the hospital with severe brain damage.

Dr. Barnes believes we're hearing more about cases like this as children learn about suicide at younger ages.

She recommends keeping the dialogue open and looking out for risk factors like social isolation or bullying.

Children's Hospital Boston reports for every suicide among young people, there are as many as 100 suicide attempts.
They also say there is help.
Seek immediate attention from a qualified mental health professional.