MCALLEN — Child psychiatrists say ignorance is fueling the number of youth suicides that happen every year in the Valley.
Youth suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and the third leading cause of death among children under 18 years of age. In the Valley suicide continues to be a silent epidemic and a many problem is that many people tend to ignore or not see the warning signs prior to a suicide. Psychiatrist Dr. Robert Mosqueda stated, "It doesn't go away. This child has been suffering for the past year, because nobody helped them with the problem that was existing at that time. Somebody told them, they'll be fine, somebody told them don't worry about it, somebody didn't say come back if this continue to be a problem or if you have concerns."
Doctors say one way to fight the ignorance is through education and a program called the Jason Foundation is helping to educate schools through the Valley and the country on how to better deal with youth and suicide.