Clermont county residents meet to prevent suicide

UNION TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19)---About 35 people met Wednesday night a special town hall meeting to discuss the rising problem of teen suicide in Clermont County.  Clermont County is averaging about 5 teen suicides a year.

This meeting was to discuss a summit of teens that met back in April of this year. 165 students participated, representing all 9 Clermont County high schools. The discussion centered on the  findings of the summit. 70 percent of the teens at that summit admitted they knew someone who had attempted suicide. Another 14 percent said they themselves had attempted it.

"We have broken homes, we have parents with lost jobs. We have students that have pressures and high expectations of themselves. So I think there is a lot more pressure on our teens nowadays then there ever has been," say Debra Clancy, who works first hand with suicide victims.

Nationally, suicide is the number three cause of death for people ages 15 to 24.