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Talking To Teens About Mental Health

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Dr. Candice Jones. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

The Lake Mary High School community is in mourning after a student took her own life on campus last week.  

The 17-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Classes were canceled the day after, and grief counselors brought in to help students deal with the tragedy.

Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma spoke at a press conference after the incident, saying parents should talk to their children about it.

But how do you talk to teens- or younger kids- about suicide and mental health more broadly. And what are some of the things to be mindful of when talking about it?

To help navigate the issue we’re joined by pediatrician Dr. Candice Jones.

Click on the player above to listen to the conversation.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »