NBC Evening News for Saturday, May 02, 1981
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(Studio) No. of teenagers in United States attempting suicide every year noted. Suicide of Jason Perrine and attempted suicide of Dawn Swisher in Mercer Island, WA, 1980, cited as example of problem plaguing nation's youth; details outlined on screen with regard to teenage suicides since 1968. Efforts of Suiciders Anonymous, in Corona, California, examined. [ERICA, STELLA, CAROL - note feelings of loneliness, despair.] [ELIZABETH - recalls hearing of son's suicide; talks of raising an adolescent.] Assessment of Dr. Michael Peck, director of Los Angeles, California, suicide center, with regard to increase in teenage suicides outlined. [PECK - considers contributing factors; lists common thread of teenage suicides.] [CAROL - recalls others' response to her attempt.] [PECK - calls for people letting others know they care.]
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson
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