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GBI study finds child suicide rates in the state at all-time high

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is opening up about the growing rate of child suicides across the state

The agency says the number of suicides was on the rise, with an all-time high of 51 in 2015. The agency says at least 18 children under the age of 17 have taken their own lives this year alone.

"Suicide is the second leading cause of death, for kids ages 15-17," special agent Trebor Randle, who focuses on child deaths. "There's no one particular reason why.  The important message, especially for the parents, is listen to your kids. 

What we're finding is this crosses all boundaries. Our children as young as 8,9 and 10 are committing suicide now."

Randle has begun working with teachers across metro Atlanta to bring awareness to the topic many choose not to discuss publicly.

"This is a conversation that definitely needs to be had," Randle added.  "How else do you make the community aware of how are children are dying if we're not talking about it?"

The topic hits close to home for one Macon family, who is choosing to come forward to share their story.

"I could've been burying her," one mother, whose identity CBS46 is protecting, told a local news station. "You've got so much to live for, so much to do."

The mother's 15-year-old daughter attempted to commit suicide live on Facebook. According to a police report obtained by CBS46, the teen took a lot of pills, put a plastic bag over her head then went online to record her death.      
Viewers began calling 911 immediately, and nearly an hour later, deputies finally tracked the teen down.  She was alive.

"Time is precious at that point," said Captain Shermaine Jones with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. "She was in a pretty critical condition.  I thank the Lord we were able to find her when we did."

The teen's mother spoke to CBS46 in hopes her story will serve as a warning to all parents to be on the lookout for any signs of trouble.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with suicidal thoughts, click here to find resources.

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