OMAHA(KPTM)-The Douglas County Health Department released the results of its Youth Risk Behavior Survey today. More than a thousand teens ages 15-19 completed the survey. More than twelve percent of those teens say they've attempted suicide over the past year. In about half of those cases medical treatment was required due to the attempt.
"We need to make sure as a community that we are more aware of that, that we know what our resources are in the community." said Dr. Adi Pour, Director of the Douglas County Health Department.
Boys Town National Hotline is targeting teens with its "Your Life Your Voice," program. The website located at www.yourlifeyourvoice.org, allows teens to log on and chat with a live counselor and visit bulletin boards which address suicide and other topics troubling teens.
Help for those of any age is available through Boys Town National Hotline which is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with counselors available to give advice or just listen. Call 1-800-448-3000 to access the service.
The National Suicide Hopeline is another resource at 1-800-SUICIDE. For more information on suicidology log on to www.suicidology.org.
Alegent Creighton Health also offers help at 402-717-HOPE.
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