Watch this video on Governor Chris Christie talking about teen suicide.
Christie said, “It is a real problem. There’s enormous pressure on our kids these days.”
And he is right. Too often teens take their own life because they do not see any alternative. They are facing a lot of pressure- whether it is with school, from friends, family issues, sexual identity problems, etc- and they do not know how to handle it. They think suicide is their only way “out.”
They need to know that it is not. These teens, along with their parents and community around them, need to be aware of the warning signs in order to understand how to help a teen deal with the problems he/she faces. And it begins with education.
Christie signed a bill in January addressing the issue. A-3659 “requires the Commissioner of Children and Families, in consultation with other entities, to develop and adopt a statewide youth suicide prevention plan sometime this year,” according to NJ 101.5.
“When someone’s determined to take their own life, they usually do, so we have to stop them from thinking that that’s an acceptable alternative,” Christie said.