Brevard Public Schools Offering Additional Counseling and Classes To Combat Rising Teen Suicides

By  //  May 26, 2017

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ABOVE VIDEO: Seven teens who attend Brevard County schools have committed suicide this school year, officials said.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (WFTV) – Seven teens who attend Brevard County schools have committed suicide this school year, officials said.

County leaders have held two community meetings and surveyed high school students about their challenges.

“It has certainly opened up the dialogue,” said Dr. Maggie Balado, who supervises the psychologists for the Brevard County School District.

Balado said the student surveys revealed pressures including school stress, bullying and social situations. She told Channel 9’s Samantha Manning that parent involvement in their child’s life is also key.

“Too often, parents are afraid to ask the question, thinking that it’s going to plant the seed of considering death by suicide. But frankly, that’s not the case,” Balado said.

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