Whether depression, anxiety, societal and peer pressure or social media influence are pushing our teens to the edge needs to be investigated and quick interventions sought to address these silent deaths that are taking a toll on families.

RESEARCH

Blame games can only stand in the way.

Urgent studies should be conducted and national data collected to identify stressful life issues that are leading teens (and adults too) into taking their own lives.

And this is not only about preventing suicides among teens.

It is also about addressing other risky societal behaviours, including drug and substance abuse.

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