We reveal letters and journal entries written by a 14-year-old boy who suffered deep depression and ultimately chose to end his life. Through these letters, written in a personal journal, the investigator could see a downward spiral in emotions and past attempts.
This episode is raw and very real!
One in five teenagers in the U.S. seriously considers suicide annually, according to data collected by the CDC. In 2003, 8 percent of adolescents attempted suicide, representing approximately 1 million teenagers, of whom nearly 300,000 receive medical attention for their attempt; and approximately 1,700 teenagers died by suicide each year. Currently, the most effective suicide prevention programs equip mental health professionals and other community educators and leaders with sufficient resources to recognize who is at risk and who has access to mental health care.
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