Dozens of Dallas-area schools are among a growing number around the world that are teaching children how to spot the signs of depression in themselves and others.

Government statistics show suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Americans ages 10 to 18. Experts hope such lessons will mean depressed teens get help more quickly.

In the Dallas area, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has brought a program into more than 30 schools that uses role-playing to help teens talk through difficult issues.

School administrators and mental health experts hope that offering teens such lessons will enable them to get help more quickly to children in distress.

In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, the board in a classroom is shown with key words during a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, the board in a classroom is shown with key words during a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, Marshall Motsenbocker, standing right, a researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, leads a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, Marshall Motsenbocker, standing right, a researcher at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, leads a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo, students participate in a Youth Aware of Mental Health session at Uplift Hampton Preparatory School in Dallas. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)

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