Tag Archives: Teen Suicide

5 Must-Know Facts About Teenage Depression

You are loved. You are not alone. Teen depression is common. Teen girls are more likely to experience depression. Hang in there! Nothing ever stays the same. Your life will have many changes. It does get better. You are not alone. You are loved. 

There are people you can talk to and who can help you.

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741 to talk to a trained counselor. It’s free, confidential, and available 24/7.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Phone operator for youth hotline page. Whether you are personally in crisis or you are concerned about someone who is, you can ALWAYS call 1-800-273-TALK and get a listening ear, resources, and support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This hotline does not close on the weekend, holidays, or during bad weather.

 

You Can’t Tell Anybody! Hearing and Telling Secrets

What should you do when your child says they can only tell you something if you promise to keep it a secret?

“Secrets are the coin of the realm in teen and tween friendships. Our children may share these with us believing that, by extension, we’re bound by their promises. Shattering that faith is heart-rending, complicated, and sometimes necessary. What do you do when your child confides in you and tells you a secret that involves harm or risky behavior? There are no hard and fast rules, but experts agree on the basics.”  from Great Schools by Kathryn Baron. 

“Better Mad than Dead”: Keeping a Friend’s Suicidal Thoughts Secret 

“Teenagers who think of suicide often  tell only their friends, and they make the friends promise to keep their suicidal thoughts secret. This puts the friends of a suicidal teen in a bind. Should they break their promise and tell an adult?” Written by Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW

I recommend every adult, teen, and tween read the above articles for guidance on how to handle the difficult situation of being asked to keep a secret when professional help is need. 

 

San Diego 14 year old teen commits suicide after bullying over embarrassing video

San Deigo CA July 15, 2014 ~ CBS News: 14-year-old Matthew Burdette committed suicide after classmates tormented him over an embarrassing video of him in the bathroom. His family is considering legal action against the school.

Dad believes bullying caused 12-year-old daughter to commit suicide

EVERETT, Wash. May 14, 2015 — Hundreds of students marched out of Evergreen Middle School in this town north of Seattle Monday as they paid their respects to a fellow student who family members say took her own life.

Twelve-year-old Amber Rose Caudel died last Thursday, and her father believes that bullying was the reason. Scott Caudel said Amber was picked on in person and online and ultimately she gave in to some derogatory remarks that were made about her.

“Amber wanted to be popular, Amber wanted to be one of those kids that everybody wanted to be with,” Caudel said. “It doesn’t matter if you knock their books out of their hand, or give them a dirty look, or call them a name, it hurts. It hurts.”

Lexy Greenwood, a family friend, said she went to the school Monday, along with Amber’s father and others, to help students grieve and urge them to treat other kids with respect.

“If I can help any families from having to go through this then it’s been worth something,” Greenwood said. “This was totally preventable and didn’t have to happen and I pray that no family has to go through this kind of pain ever, ever again.”

Greenwood said Amber was a beam of light with a heart of gold. She said Amber would always treat others with respect, even when things weren’t always going her way.

“She was so affectionate and had so much love to give anybody that she met,” Greenwood said. “The kids that bullied her obviously didn’t know her because she was important to a lot of people.”

The Everett Police Department is investigating the death and due to their open investigation they haven’t been able to say anything on the matter at this point. TheEverett School District says that they are always looking at their policies when it comes to bullying and added that they remain committed to zero tolerance for bullies in their school system.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal and needs to talk, help and support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For the hearing impaired, call 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).

Source: USA Today

Transgender Teen Who Was Crowned Homecoming King Dies – Suicide

Blake Brockington

A teen suicide that happened this spring in Charlotte NC. How could anyone see this sweet child with such a bright smile and think I need to crush his spirit? Heartbreaking. ~ Cara Zara – End Bullying Help Page

A transgender activist who made headlines last year when he was crowned homecoming king at his Charlotte, North Carolina, high school has died.

Local paper The Charlotte Observer initially reported that Blake Brockington, 18, died Monday in an apparent suicide. The news was confirmed to The Huffington Post by Time Out Youth Center, a local LGBT support center where Brockington was a client.

“He was seen as a leader in the LGBT movement and social justice movement,” said Rodney Tucker, executive director at the center. “We are all in shock and grieving here.”

Brockington made history last year when he became the first transgender homecoming king in North Carolina.

“Throughout my life, I haven’t really been treated equally as a male, so I’ve always wanted this, always, and everybody has always told me I couldn’t do it,” he told a local NBC affiliate at the time. “Even though you go through some things, and you have some negative encounters in your life, anything is possible, you can do anything you set your heart to.”

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