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"Experts Hold Discussion to Help Decrease Suicides"

"CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – The Cumberland & Perry Counties Mental Health office started a campaign called PULSE, which stands for preventing unnecessary loss through suicide prevention and education.

Tuesday, the group held a meeting that featured experts in mental heath, including Alexa Moody. Moody contemplated suicide when she was younger. She says there are a lot of factors that can push teenagers and the internet is a big contributor.

“Cyberbullying and the isolation that can come from social media is a huge factor,” she said. “A lot of pressure and anxiety can be created on social media.”

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in Pennsylvania, suicide is the second leading cause of death between the ages of 15-34 and third leading between the ages of 10-14.

Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide and it is often undiagnosed or untreated.

Lori Mulholland lost her son to suicide in 2012. She says that the hurt never goes away, but she spends her time talking to other families so they will not experience what she went through.

“I encourage them to listen to them,” Mulholland said. “When they say they might do it, take it seriously. It could be true,”Mulholland says it’s important for people to reach out to those who are struggling and tell them that they are important, and you will be by their side every step of they way if they decide to seek help."

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