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Suicide rates have risen across the board

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A new study from the National Center for Health Statistics reveals startling data when it comes to teen suicide.

For girls between the ages of 15 to 19, it reached a 40-year high in 2015.

Suicide rates across the board have soared 24% since the year 2000.

Teens are making headlines with the biggest jump.

And while poisoning is the biggest method, suffocation is starting to be a close second. 

As suicide rates soar -- people are looking for ways to fight back before it's too late. 

One person who wants to help people understand  is Elliot Reynolds who grew up dealing with his own mental disorders.

He said he started out cutting himself,  and by his 18th birthday he had one suicide attempt  in the books. 

 "You go and you say there is so much pain in my life, that honestly, I don't even see color in the world . Everything is tasteless, even silence is just abusively loud. They don't understand it. That doesn't make sense to them because they still see green grass, blue sky," said Elliot Reynolds.

He said suffering is more than skin deep, even if someone has everything imaginable.

"It's blamed on home life, or something they did, or religion. The blame gets put on all these different places, when really there isn't anything to blame." said Reynolds.

And one expert with The Hult Health Center said today's kids are more exposed than previous generations.

"We need to be better listeners, and tune into our children, and not blow them off as easily," said Andrea Parker with Hult.

She also adds that parents aren't perfect, and they should reach out for resources. 

"Maybe my children would do better listening to a more unbiased person, or someone who isn't as judgmental, or the child feels more safe or comfortable with their thoughts and desires than to the parent," said Parker.

They both add if you see a friend struggling, the biggest gesture could be to just listen, and be there for them and finding them help when you feel you can't handle it. 

If you are struggling with mental health or know someone who is there are resources available. 

Call 1-800-273-8255  It is open 24 hours a day, and confidential.

If you feel uncomfortable calling, you can now text chat. 

For a full list of resources click here.

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