Suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents, behind accidents and homicides, said Dr. David Rosenberg, chief of psychiatry and psychology at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.
agreed, but also noted that part of the spike in suicides can also be attributed to the lessening stigma of mental illness.
Whereas tragedies were once hushed up 10-20 years ago, he
said now families are more comfortable be honest when suicide happens.
Young people clearly face more stress than in the past, he
said, and the dramatic spike in suicide rates can't be attributed simply by fewer families hiding their depression.
A friend's or family member's suicide isn't anyone's "fault," but there is always room to pay closer attention, Rosenberg
wouldn't comment specifically on the Cranbrook student's case, he
said more than 80 percent of suicide victims alert someone before they commit the act.
Above all, Rosenberg
said, if you're concerned that someone you know is at risk for suicide, ask them about it.
Asking will not drive them to commit the act, he
said, but rather let them know someone cares."You may just save a life if you ask the question," he