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BRITAIN'S TEENAGE SUICIDES
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Penny Marshall investigates the extraordinary suicide rate among young people in the Bridgend area of south Wales.
Fridays 12th & 19th September 2008 11.00 am

Suicide has a devastating effect on those left behind and in Bridgend County since the beginning of 2007 23 young people have killed themselves leaving families and the tight knit community in shock.


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In the week of World Suicide Prevention Day Penny Marshall examines whether there were any underlying reasons that could help explain the deaths of so many young people.

And she looks at some of the preventative measures that have been put in place to prevent further suicides.

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In the second programme Penny Marshall asks why the mental health needs of Britain's youth are often ignored. 

Conditions such as depression and anorexia are becoming increasingly recognised in teenagers but are the mental health services there to support the young people?  

And rather than wait, perhaps we should do more to encourage mental well-being?  Penny visits a project in a Primary School in South London that's teaching the children to look after their mental health.

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