DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- A Douglas County teen committed suicide Tuesday night, the fourth teen to do so in 11 days in the county.
School officials and experts are explaining what they are seeing, and what parents can do to help prevent suicides.
In fact Douglas County School District sent a letter home to parents of students about the topic. Read it here.
Coroner Lora Thomas says there is no connection between the cases, except that each is heartbreaking.
She's reviewed hundreds of such cases in her law enforcement career and says almost always there are underlying mental health issues.
People like Dale Emmy with the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention program says parents should talk to their kids of they see a sudden, dramatic change in typical behavior or if the teen is talking about suicide or death.
He says parents cannot be afraid to bring up the subject no matter how unpleasant and difficult it is to do.
Resources for teens struggling with suicidal thoughts
- Colorado's Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
- Signs your friend may be having suicidal thoughts
- CDC division of suicide prevention