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David Jobes, professor, psychology, was quoted in a WAMU story on teenage suicide. See below.

For Families Touched By Teen Suicide, Regrets And Calls For Greater Outreach

From: WAMU
Date: May 26, 2016
Author: Kavitha Cordoza

... David Jobes, professor of Psychology at The Catholic University of America and Director of its Suicide Prevention Lab, says people are uncomfortable talking about suicide. “People are afraid of the whole topic. It just feels like something that’s left unsaid or untouched. And that’s a problem in terms of saving lives.”

He says there are a lot of myths about kids and suicide. One of the biggest? Children don’t kill themselves. And that’s just not true. Children as young as 5 take their own lives every year.

Another myth? Suicides are an impulsive, spur of the moment thing. Again, not true. Jobes says most kids can spend weeks thinking and planning. But here’s the thing: Teenagers aren’t going to tell their parents.

“They're going to be letting their friends know, dropping hints, writing essays that their English teacher might pick up, telling coaches. They're always is a history if you sort of dig deep enough," Jobes says.

He says school staff should watch out for signs.

“Schools are in a pivotal position to make a difference," he says. And if you aren’t sure? He says just ask. “'Have you thought about taking your life?' Just very direct. The more direct, the better.” ...

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