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          Teens under Pressure

          March 12, 2010

          Teenagers today are more stressed than ever before ” from the pressure to get into college to helping with family finances ” and many find themselves at the breaking point. The alarming rise in the number of teens taking their own lives is leaving parents desperate for answers. Could you be missing cues that your child is in trouble? Dr. Phil gives you the warning signs and explains what you can do to help a teen on the brink.

          Two Towns Engulfed By Tragedy

          Diane Dimond, a  journalist and author, and Natasha Brown, a reporter and anchor for KYW-TV, join Dr. Phil via satellite to discuss the recent rise in teen deaths by suicide.

          Were there signs that were missed?

          Grief-Stricken Girls
          Laurie and Mariann say their daughters were friends with two girls who recently took their own lives. Now the moms fear their children are unable to cope with the loss, and they say they don’t know how to talk to them.

          Stressed-Out Students
          Actor and best-selling author Hill Harper has a candid conversation with a group of young adults who feel immense pressure to succeed on a daily basis. Learn what the teens say are their greatest fears.

          Generation on the Brink
          Vicki Abeles, producer and co-director of the documentary Race to Nowhere, examines the pressure many teens feel to succeed.  

          Learn how your child can eliminate negative internal dialogue.

          Sharing His Struggles

          When Jordan was 18, he says he attempted to take his own life. Now 20, he shares why he wanted to end it all and has a heartfelt message for other young people.

          “I’d always be happy, but on the inside, I was dying.”

          Phil in the Blanks – The Podcast

          Get Help

          • If a friend or loved one is talking about or planning to take his or her life, reach out for help now. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).
          • The Trevor Helpline or call (866) 4-U-TREVOR

          Related Resources

          Letters to a Young Brother:
          MANifest Your Destiny
          By Hill Harper

          Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny
          By Hill Harper

          Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice
          By Robert W. Firestone, Ph.D., Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.
          and Joyce Catlett, M.A.

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