Turning toward light

The Christian Science Monitor

Much attention is focusing these days—and rightly so—on the mental health of the younger generation. As the media continue to report incidents of teen-age suicide, the adult community examines the mental and emotional forces that are shaping young lives.

It is common knowledge that the young are an easy mark and lucrative market for escapist elements, and "their" music, books, and films are full of those elements. One letter to The New York Times cited the lyrics of popular songs and the incidents of suicide in movies as specific, contributing influences in recent teen-age suicides.

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