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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Susan Moreno, Coordinator, Tucson OPTIONS, a program that offers parents and teens information on needless suicide. 

Moreno says it is a free depression education and suicide prevention program offered in Arizona High Schools.  She says the program started in Maricopa County, where it is in 44 schools and is now available in Pima County. She says Arizona ranks third in the nation for teen suicide.  She says each year, over 26,000 Arizona teenagers attempt suicide. 

Moreno says the O.P.T.I.O.N.S program educates youth and the adults in their lives about mental health and mental illness.  She says the program enables recognition of early onset symptoms.  She says with proper treatment and therapy, young lives can be saved. She says treatment works for up to 90-percent of those who seek it.

Moreno saiys O.P.T.I.O.N.S. is a program of Mental Health America-Arizona, an organization that promotes good mental health and works on behalf of all people living with mental illness by advocating, educating and shaping public policy.