VIDEO: Chris Christie addresses teen suicide

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.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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