When Cassandra was 15-years-old she tried to commit suicide. Her mother received a frantic call from a friend’s mom, telling her that Cassandra had taken “a bunch of pills.” Cassandra was unsuccessful in her suicide attempt, but mom has been worried ever since.
“While Joanne admits there was some dysfunction in her home in the past, not unlike most families, she has tried to give her youngest of four girls all the attention and love she can muster hoping to help her overcome depression and a severe eating disorder… But despite her efforts, her now 17-year-old daughter’s mental health has only worsened.” - Source: The Toronto Sun
Cassandra has tried five times in the last year to commit suicide. She has been in and out of programs, never really believing she needs help. But her mom knows she does, and so she keeps trying – and hoping that she finds her daughter the help she needs before it’s too late.
Teen suicide attempts are often associated with teen depression, anxiety, and related mental health challenges. Parents who find themselves in situations similiar to the one Cassandra's mother is experiencing need to know that help is available for teens with mental health issues.
Posted By: Stefanie Hamilton