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Oct 1, 2010 11:01 AM by Carolyn Carver

Spike in bullying, suicide related problems in Springs teens

Three young suicides across the country in the past two weeks is sparking concern locally about bullying and suicide prevention.

Colorado Springs advocates say this year they're seeing the number of teenagers dealing with the anxiety and depression that comes with bullying and suicide more than double.

Counselors at Aspen Pointe counseling say this September they're seeing 150 new teenaged clients, that's up 71 since last year.

Linda Corum, a program supervisor says, "they get isolated, they get very anxious, they get depressed, they worry all the time."

A number parents know all too well. Doug Suthard's 7th grade daughter has been a victim of bullying, hair pulling and teasing, he says, "it's pretty tough, really, you always worry about your kids walking to school, coming home, riding the bus, even at school I worry about her."

Advocates say school bullying programs are being cut in schools in the wake of budget cuts, at the same time bullies are spending more time on-line and on cell phones.

They say now, more than ever, parents, schools and by-standers need to speak up when they spot signs of bullying or suicide threats.

If you have to remain anonymous, you can contact safetotell.org.

 The phone number is 877-542-7233.

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