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A University of Cincinnati sociologist and suicidologist, a champion of the school-based peer support team Hope Squad, finds a significant reduction in "suicide-related stigma" with schools that have Hope Squads. That translates into suicidal kids being more likely to get help.

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The nation's suicide rate is up 33 percent from 1999 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But among teens, the number is even higher. The suicide rate among whites increased 70 percent from 2006 to 2016 and, although African-Americans die by suicide less often, the rate of increase among blacks was higher, at 77 percent.