RESEARCH POSSIBLY LINKS DNA TO SUICIDE RISKS AMONG TEENS

TUSCALOOSA – What makes thousands of teens want to take their own lives each year?

Mich Prinstein, a professor and director of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill said there are many reasons, but the biggest is stress stemming from a teenager’s social life.

Incidents like a breakup have a negative effect on brain chemistry, Prinstein said today at a talk on the subject on the University of Alabama campus. It’s a subject that’s often not talked about, but needs to be taken more seriously, he said.

In Alabama, suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle- and high-school students ages 12 through 18.

Next Tuesday, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Sen. Gerald Allen are hosting a conference at the Mal Moore Athletic Facility to announce the legislative introduction of the Jason Flatt Act in Alabama.

The act provides extra training for school educators, so they can help at-risk students who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.

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