ARIZONA NEWS

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s ‘Bruce & Pamela Show’ discusses issue of teen suicides

Mar 14, 2019, 2:20 PM | Updated: 2:38 pm

PHOENIX — Suicide among children, teenagers and young adults is a major problem that Arizona is facing.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 to 14 in Arizona in 2017 was suicide.

In the East Valley alone, 38 students have taken their lives in the last year and a half.

Some efforts are being taken at the state Legislature, including Gov. Doug Ducey’s push to hire 220 new social workers and counselors over the next two years, to combat these statistics, but parents and school officials say it isn’t enough.

In order to address this epidemic, KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes Show hosted an hour-long discussion on the topic of teen suicide in Arizona.

Two experts, Dr. Aaron Krasnow, a clinical psychologist and associate vice president for Arizona State University’s counseling services, and Katey McPherson, a Chandler-based digital wellness consultant, joined the show to discuss.

Editor’s note: If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call Teen Lifeline at 800-248-8336 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 800-273-8255. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

An Apache group that has fought to protect land it considers sacred from a copper mining project in...

Associated Press

A US appeals court ruling could allow mine development in central Arizona on land sacred to Apaches

An Apache group that has fought to protect land from a copper mining project in central Arizona suffered a significant blow.

52 minutes ago

A Phoenix Police SUV with lights on at a crime scene at night...

KTAR.com

Phoenix police arrest 2 suspects linked to home burglary

Phoenix law enforcement arrested two suspects after a break-in on Saturday evening near 43rd Avenue and Northern Avenue.

4 hours ago

File photo of crime scene tape in Phoenix...

David Veenstra

Police investigating fatal hit-and-run collision in north Phoenix

Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision that killed a female pedestrian in north Phoenix on Saturday.

6 hours ago

A man died after a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning in Desert View Village. (MCSO Photo)...

David Veenstra

Motorcyclist dead after crash in Desert View Village, near Cave Creek

A man died after a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning in Desert View Village, near Cave Creek, according to authorities.

7 hours ago

World's Biggest Bounce House (XL Event Lab photo)...

Damon Allred

World’s Largest Bounce House coming to Phoenix for weekend stop on nationwide tour

The Big Bounce America is bringing its coterie of inflatable attractions to Phoenix this weekend, featuring eight inflatables.

8 hours ago

Singer Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant performs onstage during day two of the 2021 Pilgrimage Musi...

Damon Allred

Grammy-winning Cage The Elephant announces Phoenix stop during North American tour

Grammy Award-winning rock band Cage The Elephant announced a stop in Phoenix on its upcoming summer tour in conjunction with a new album.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

...

Fiesta Bowl Foundation

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade is excitingly upon us

The 51st annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe is upon us! The attraction honors Arizona and the history of the game.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s ‘Bruce & Pamela Show’ discusses issue of teen suicides