State education hearing held amid uptick in teenage suicide cases

The troubling rise in teen suicide was the focus of a state education committee hearing.

News 12 Staff

Mar 3, 2023, 3:24 AM

Updated 510 days ago

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The troubling rise in teen suicide was the focus of a state education committee hearing.
The hearing comes after the highly publicized death of Central Regional High School freshman Adriana Kuch, who died by suicide after being bullied and assaulted.
Committee chairman state Sen. Vin Gopal spoke with News 12’s Eric Landskroner and Roxanne Evans about the hearing.
“We heard from one of the folks testifying who was a psychiatrist at Hackensack Meridian. The waiting list for beds is through the roof for child mental health cases,” Gopal says. “All of this is unacceptable. We have to really come together. Demand now is far greater than any moment in history.”
A 2021 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 57% of teenage girls nationwide reported feeling persistent sadness and hopelessness. This was double the rate for teenage boys.


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