Every 90 minutes, a teenager somewhere in America
kills himself. “It's more than just common, it's probably
at epidemic proportions,” said Dr. Lawrence Levine,
chairman of the department of emergency medicine at
The rise in the rate of teen suicide - 250 percent in the past
30 years - has caused it to become the nation’s second
leading killer of young people, after accidents.
Focus on depression
Girls describe loneliness, depression
Your best friend is depressed and contemplating
This statement might not be true, but maybe it is.
And maybe you have no idea.
Though it’s a problem that effects teens
everywhere, depression often goes unnoticed, even by family and close
That’s what it was like for Mary, a sophomore of
, and Katy, a freshman at
. Both girls spoke on the condition that their identities be
By Katie Jordan
Depressed teens can get help
Nobody is happy all the time.
But if your feelings of sadness seem to be permanent,
you may be clinically depressed.
John Mingel, program manager and counselor for the
Wheeler Clinic’s help line, said the 24-hour telephone outreach handles
about 30,000 calls a year, many of them from young people from the
“A good percentage would be teenagers,” Mingel said.
Teenagers everywhere suffer from depression. - By Katie Jordan
By Katie Jordan/ ReadTheTattoo.com
Experts say there are many warning signs to watch
prolonged depression or withdrawal;
chronic anger, aggression or frustration;
threats or mentions of suicidal thoughts;
traumatic loss of someone close;
disappointment or humiliation, especially in public;
negative changes in behavior;
uncharacteristic personality traits or attitude changes;
heavy alcohol or drug use;
preoccupation or obsession with death; or
giving possessions away and making final arrangements.
know someone who has been undergoing many of these symptoms for
a short time or some of them for a prolonged period, there are
doctors, clinics and hotlines available to obtain information to
help you confront him or her.
order to keep the situation from escalating, professionals agree
that action should be taken early on.
By Katie Jordan/ ReadTheTattoo.com
'A big emptiness'
Neil Krupski, who killed
himself at the age of 17.
A sad ending
John Krupski, Maria Torza and Jen Peidl never thought the outgoing, funny kid they all loved would kill himself. – By
Amanda Lehmert and Danielle Ouimet
Friend's death offers second look at life
On the morning of Feb. 2, 1996, a strange warm feeling filled the air. Some spots of the parking lot where I stood had small patches of dark, sandy snow left over from a storm the week before.
I paced back and forth in front of the large station wagon my sister sat in. She had the windows rolled down - something rarely seen in February. We were both quiet.
- By Bryna Pena
Grieving parents learn to cope with dead kids
Every parent thinks that they know their child better than anyone else. But what happens when they don't know enough to save his life?
Maria Torza and John Krupski's teenage son, Neil, was an outgoing, funny kid with a lot of friends, and seemingly normal teenage problems. Then his mother found him soaking wet and limp in her car, overdosed on pills.
Four days later, with their son in a coma, his parents made the heartbreaking decision to take Neil off life support.
Years earlier, another mother who asked to remain anonymous thought her son Jason (not his real name) seemed an average kid who loved his dog and his car. He just happened to have numerous health problems.
One morning she found him under a blanket. ``He had shot himself in the head,'' she said, ``You have no idea. You can't even imagine what he looked like.''
- By Amanda Lehmert, Danielle Ouimet and Brian LaRue
Teen's suicide left 'a lot of pain behind'
Toby, a loving little beagle, is still howling for his owner to return home. But 18-year-old Scott Hanelt, who hung himself in a park just before Labor Day, is never coming back.
"Toby's really lost," said Scott's mother, Cathy Hanelt.
When Scott chose to kill himself Aug. 27, he deserted much more than just a confused dog. His family, and scores of friends, are also grieving. "If Scott realized how much pain he left behind, he wouldn't have done it," his mother said. – By
Hila Yosafi, Amanda Lehmert and Jessica Norton
Susan is a lighthearted, social, 15-year-old freshmen at Bristol Central High School. But two years ago, in a bout of depression, she tried to kill herself.
Here is her story. Only her name has been changed to protect her privacy.
On the outside, Susan seemed like an average, happy seventh grader. But her life was not so easy.
By Amanda Lehmert
By Aimee Lehmert/ ReadTheTattoo.com