Ms. Kilbane,

You have struck me with your perceptions. In a society and time where there is apparently little concern for mental health — much less in young students — your fresh approach is encouraging.

In 2014, the US CDC listed suicide as the leading cause of death in our ages 10–14 population, edging out motor vehicle accidents and homicide, yet no one seems to see this horrible development as a public-health crisis.

While I know there is likely no single ‘answer’ in understanding child development, I wish you and your associates every success in this thoughtful, questioning process.

Reader, blogger, musician and music promoter/event producer. Community activist and educational advocate.

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