Indiana program aims to prevent youth suicides

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new Indiana campaign will try to steer depressed young people toward programs that will help prevent them from committing suicide.

A therapist said during Friday’s Statehouse announcement that at least a half-dozen youths in Indiana have killed themselves since the school year began in August. Heartland Intervention founder Scott Watson says most were high school students and about half lived in the Indianapolis area.

The program called “I Need Help” focuses on encouraging teens to use the 2-1-1 referral phone system, making counseling available and training teachers to recognize the signs of suicide risk.

State Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis says society must remove the stigma from mental illness and depression and make young people realize there is still hope when things look hopeless. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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