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Efforts are underway in Medina County to stem the tragic tide of teen suicide. The recent deaths of two Brunswick High School students underscore the importance of those efforts.

“It’s Medina County’s greatest need, getting our young people alive and filled with hope again,” said Seth Kujat, executive director of the United Way of Medina County.

Kujat calls the problem an “epidemic.”

The United Way began organizing the community to come up with solutions to the teen suicide problem after the Living Well Medina County Project found that 20 percent of Medina County high school youth have seriously considered suicide and that one in four Medina County youth consider themselves depressed.

A youth summit is set for Feb. 18 and 19 where teens will be given the opportunity to create their vision for Medina County and to say what they would like to see changed in their schools.

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