Behavior: Suicide Belt

Rates up for affluent teens

The 20-mile stretch of lakefront along Chicago's suburban North Shore is one of the richest areas in the nation, with family income of $60,000 a median. Teen-agers there grow up in well-manicured neighborhoods, attend first-rate colleges and flaunt the trappings of affluence; many drive around in Mercedes. Yet for such youths, there is trouble in paradise. Among local therapists, the area is known as "the suicide belt." In a 17-month period ending last summer, 28 teen-agers took their own lives. Eighteen died by gunshot, eight by hanging and two...

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