From the Pulse: Teen Suicide on the Rise

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) – Life as a teenager isn’t always easy and experts say the stresses of school, work and friends is just too much for some young people. Our Facebook fans asked us to look into suicides.

According to the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office, the suicide rate among teenagers here is now rising.
The simple sound of chimes does wonders for Nanette Fabros.

She rings them every time she’s feeling overwhelmed. She’s struggled with depression and bipolar disorder most of her life, and at times it was too much to bear.

“I really did try to do anything and everything, anything, anything so that I would end my life,” Nanette said.

Fabros survived three suicide attempts, but according to the Winnebago County coroner’s office, about 40 people succeed each year. While that number holds steady, the coroner’s office is seeing a change, they say they’re seeing more hangings.

“A lot of people say there are guns in the house. Why they’re choosing that method, I don’t know.”

For years the county avoided the national trend of more teens and young adults committing suicide, but not anymore. Of the 40 suicides reported here in 2011, 6 were people under the age of 30. In 2012, the number of suicides dropped by one, but among young people, it more than doubled to 13. Experts say counseling is the key to keeping teens alive.

“There’s a lot of organizations that will sit down with them and help them and that’s what is so important.”

One of those groups is called “Recover Me” started by Fabros.

“I try to find topics on anger, love, when you’re going through hard times, what do you do, you know, how do you get out of those circumstances.”

Fabros says knowledge is power.

“You have to really know about this illness a lot to be able to make it through and succeed along the journey.”

Recover Me meets at 10every Saturday morning at Katie’s Cup.


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