Between Jan, 1 and March 4, 2012, 11 young people in Kent and Sussex counties died by suicide. There were also 116 non-fatal suicide attempts.
Last March, the state Department of Health and Social Services asked the CDC to conduct an epidemiological investigation into the then six known suicide deaths. The CDC published its initial report in August, and, after a careful case-control analysis, released the full, 51-page report Monday.
Dr. Alex Crosby, a CDC medical epidemiologist, identified mental illness, problems with parents, conflicts with boyfriends or girlfriends, legal issues, and substance abuse as common risk-factors, which is consistent with research.
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