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Mental Health Experts Meeting in San Marcos this Week

Updated: Tuesday, August 12 2014, 10:15 AM CDT

800 mental health experts meeting in San Marcos this week to share most updated techniques on preventing suicide

Robin Williams was not alone in his battle with depression. Suicide is among the top three leading causes of death among college-aged kids and young teens. To fight those statistics, more than 800 experts are meeting in San Marcos this week for a suicide prevention symposium. These are leading professionals who will share the most up-to-date research on this topic.

It will include Texas educators, health professionals, and community organizations. They are all working together to beat the staggering statistics surrounding suicide. The Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas reports that suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-aged people and the third leading cause of death for young teens. In one year, 16 percent of Texas high schoolers will seriously think about suicide, and three percent will require medical attention due to their attempt.

Also at the symposim, Texas Senator Charles Schwertner and State Representative John Zebras will be receiving awards for their contribtions to public policies dealing with suicide. The Eanes School District will also receive an award for leadership in education.

By Ashley Roberts

Mental Health Experts Meeting in San Marcos this Week

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