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Strike a Chord: Does Bullying Cause Suicide?

by Jeff Coltin

Diego Grez, wikimedia

There must be dozens, or even hundreds of videos like it on Youtube. A teen gets bullied at school, goes home, get bullied online, and then, attempts suicide.
They are powerful, and most end with a message of hope: "you can stop bullying, you can prevent suicide."

Strike a Chord: What's a School to Do?

by Jeff Coltin
HSMSE at City College

HSMSE at City College, Jeff Coltin, WFUV News

Last spring, a student at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College in Manhattan died by suicide. Five months later, a group of sophomores, who asked to stay anonymous, said the tragedy doesn't come up much.

Strike a Chord: Remembering a Friend through a Life of Prevention

by Jeff Coltin
Team Malaya at the walk

Team Malaya, Hannah Moch

Eight years ago, Hannah Moch lost her friend to suicide.
Malaya Holloway was 13. She and Moch were classmates at a middle school in Lower Manhattan. Moch called her "really funny, and really beautiful." The pair would watch movies together and take goofy pictures on the computer with other friends. But after Malaya's death, Moch said students and school staff struggled with how to remember her friend.

Strike A Chord: Girls Share a Precious Time After School

by Jeff Coltin
Life is Precious book

Jeff Coltin

13 year-old Ace comes here almost every afternoon. 
"I like it a lot," she said. "I've made tons of friends and they're the kind of people that I know I can rely on."
Ace is not her real name. That is being witheld to protect her anonymity. She, and most of the girls at Life is Precious have considered suicide or have hurt themselves.

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