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Summit at St. John Fisher focuses on preventing teen suicides

On Tuesday, local experts came together at St. John Fisher College to talk about ways the community can improve resiliency among children and teens. It was part of the Raising Resilience Summit. (WHAM photo)

Pittsford, N.Y. (WHAM) - A new survey of Rochester-area teens suggests suicide is a major risk for about one in seven teenagers.

According to the survey, 14 percent of teens considered taking their own lives in the last year. There is no question mental health issues among young people are on the rise for a number of reasons.

On Tuesday, local experts came together at St. John Fisher College to talk about ways the community can improve resiliency among children and teens. It was part of the Raising Resilience Summit.

Experts said some of the factors weighing on that increase are poverty, mental health and opioids.

"All of these forces are coming together and really challenging us as a community to figure out how to build resilience in those kids to reduce the number of these adverse childhood events and build capabilities in these children so that when they are exposed to these traumas in their lives, we can do a better job of meeting their needs." said Dr. Martin Lustick, co-chair of the Greater Rochester Initiative for Children's Social and Emotional Health Implementation Task Force.

The goal of the summit Tuesday was to come up with an approach to improve the social and emotional health of children and their families.

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