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Researchers already know that strong social connections are a key factor in determining whether a person is at risk of suicide.

A new study, published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, looks specifically at the social connections between high school students and adults, and how those relationships impact the student suicide rate at their schools.

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On a warm, sunny July morning in Parma Town Park, Connor Stevely is playing fetch with Ella Mae, a big, panting chocolate Lab.  Despite the increasingly intense sun, the dog never seems to tire of the game.

The Stevely family loves its pets – three dogs, a cat, and a hamster. But Ella Mae is special: She saved Connor's life on Dec. 2, 2017.

That's what Connor's mom, Diane Stevely, believes.

She and Connor’s younger sister, Morgan, had gone into town for a community Christmas party that night. Connor’s father, Greg, was at work.

JAMA; Oren Miron

A study published this week finds suicide rates among teens and young adults are accelerating across the country, and local clinicians say the Rochester area is no exception.