Tracing The Links To Suicide. Are You Linked In?



 DNA Strand


Recent research studies show teen suicide is on the rise due to social media bullying and isolation. Could the recent gun violence be attributed to teen mental illness? How can we lay a better foundation for our children and provide them with a more promising future? Having free mental health clinics in every city is a good start. It could be partially funded by grants, donations, and monies from the prison system. Releasing prisoners incarcerated for minor offenses, would free up resources that could be used for mental health system. Maybe because they get free labor and the prison system is a big business.

The new studies show the following:

  • Teens’ use of electronic devices including smartphones for at least five hours daily more than doubled, from 8 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2015. These teens were 70 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts or actions than those who reported one hour of daily use.
  • In 2015, 36 percent of all teens reported feeling desperately sad or hopeless, or thinking about, planning or attempting suicide, up from 32 percent in 2009. For girls, the rates were higher – 45 percent in 2015 versus 40 percent in 2009.
  • In 2009, 58 percent of 12th-grade girls used social media every day or nearly every day; by 2015, 87 percent used social media every day or nearly every day. They were 14 percent more likely to be depressed than those who used social media less frequently.

Other fascinating research studies I wanted to share with you and would love to receive your opinion on are from, Eleanor Nelson, about research done at the Child Emotion Lab, in Madison, WI; and a John Hopkins study, written by Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent, in the Telegraph.

Their research shows that children of trauma and abuse have altered genes and high levels of cortisol, which leaves them in a high state of flight or fight. War veterans experience the same kind of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Child Emotion Lab and work conducted by Dr.’s Seth Pollak, Moshe Szyf, and. Dr. Pollak explains that children of abuse will endure a lot of physical ailments because of the emotional trauma they endure as a child of abuse. Dr. Szyf believes our experiences in life affect our genes significantly and can alter the way our cells function without changing the DNA functions; this is called epigenetics. Epigenetics explains how identical cells, with the same DNA can turn one cell into a liver cell, and one into a heart cell, or one into a cancer cell.

Dr. Szyf conducted a study on rat pups in 2005, at McGill University, with colleagues, and found the rat pups had a gene that helped them manage stress, called the NR3C1 gene. The NR3C1 gene was a methylated muted gene, made of tiny quartets of carbon and hydrogen atoms, which stick to the DNA, and derail the cellular machinery that translates genes into proteins. Dr. Pollok’s staff checked the blood of children who came from abused homes and found they had the same methylated gene. NR3C1 is the gene that codes for the hormone cortisol, which helps you in flight or fight response, when you feel threatened.

A child in an abusive situation feels threatened continually, so this becomes a problem when the cortisol levels stay high, leading to adult heart disease, diabetes II, auto immune diseases due to inflammation, and other diseases. Having these genes damaged due to abuse, is similar to the damage due to radiation or drug abuse on a cellular level.

Many survivors suffer with emotional, psychological, and physical ailments, another issue is mental illness, depression, and suicide. Survivors have mentioned wanting to drive into oncoming traffic or to drive off a bridge; or think of other ways to commit suicide. With the holiday’s coming up, I encourage you to surround yourself with those who love and support you, not family and friends who want you to pretend the abuse never happened because it is more comfortable for them in denial.

In another study by Dr. Zachary Kaminsky, at John Hopkins University, in Baltimore, MD, they found the gene SKA2, which can predict if someone may likely take their own life. Researchers have found the gene, SKA2, in the prefrontal cortex, is responsible for controlling impulsive behavior and preventing negative thoughts. If the gene is altered, the body can’t control the levels of cortisol in the system. Research showed victims had large amounts of cortisol in their system.

The blood test had a 90 % accuracy rate; and a 96% accuracy rate for those who have already attempted suicide, just by looking at their SKA2 levels.

Dr. Kaminsky thought this was important in placing patients on suicide watch, restricting drug access, equipment they might use, soldiers entering or returning from war, and what care to give.

The research was reported in the American Journal of Psychology

With the new technology, what do you think about the progress of mental health? Do believe these studies are accurate? What can we do to improve mental health in our society?

Connie J Lee



Two New Websites Pedophiles Use To Lure Your Children


  Two New Websites Pedophiles Use To Lure Your Children

 Susan the child molester

Detective Chuck Haley from Spokane, WA. tells KLXY4 reporter, Jeff Humphrey of two new websites called OMEGLE and KICK, which pedophiles use to lure underage children in for online sexting, chat, meetings, and more.

OMEGLE is an online chat site that has been around since 2008. It gives users a chance to connect through Facebook and to connect similar friends of similar interest. Within a few moments, you will pornographic images. It says you have to have parental consent but I do not think parents would consent to this. Your Facebook friends will see your nude pictures you post. You think you would never do this, but the guy on the other end usually is not your age, nor from your same area. When you click okay, and form an ID tag, which the person you chat with has one as well, they can see your user I.P. address and can locate where you are, where you live, and where you go to school. No matter how careful you think you are, they can be very manipulative.

KICK does not have parental controls and children under 13 should not use it. KICK is a social media instant messaging app which has over 90 million users. It combines texting and social networking, by chatting with friends, in groups, sending cards, sending files, and photos. Because of the predatory activity, nude images, and graphic topics, this is considered one of the worst apps teens can have. Chats are always deleted and they are always on and connected to you. Once again you have to have a parent’s permission to have an account. To disable the account, you have to request a deactivation via email.

Detective Haley says cellphones for teens should come with responsibilities and the knowledge that the phones will be monitored for their safety. I would rather have my child mad at me, than to have to hang missing posters and not knowing where they are.

Perpetrators groom their victims, even if it takes months; usually grooming several victims at one time, all the while making the person feel like they can trust no one else but them. They cannot trust their family, friends, siblings, or significant other. The person on the other end of the computer screen will shower them with affection, gifts, money, trips, electronics, and so on. Perpetrators have a very intricate network, where they teach each other how to avoid the law, how to appease parents, and how to groom the child. While we are speaking of online perpetrators here, I would like to note, that 90% of perpetrators are not strangers, but come from a child’s circle of trust, which is their community, neighborhood, or their home. One in three girls, and one in four boys will be sexually assaulted before their eighteenth birthday, according to the DOJ.

If you suspect a child is being abused, call 1.800.4-A-CHILD

Or make an online report to the Internet Crimes Task Force

Or call your local police

Connie Lee/