Event helps Phoenix-area parents prevent teen suicide

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Recently, there have been 12 teen suicides reported so far this year at schools in the East Valley.

A forum was held Monday night to help parents and teachers spot the warning signs.

The big focus was on social media.

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Many parents know the major role social media plays in the lives of teens and if parents follow their child, experts say to look for drastic changes.

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"You really need to be looking for what they're saying, how often they're saying it," said Katey McPherson with the Gurian Institute.

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"If you saw an uptick in negative self-talk or something seems off it is, follow up with that and listen."

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McPherson said that kids are constantly bombarded with social media and it can contribute to anxiety and depression.

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