Samantha Kuberski hanged herself with a belt from a crib. She was 6.
Razy Sellars was 11 when he took his life. Gabriel Taye was 8. Jamel Myles was 9.
Suicide in elementary school-aged children remains rare: 53 children aged 11 and younger took their lives in 2016, the last year for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has data. But medical professionals and researchers have noted alarming increases in the last decade – deaths more than doubled from 2008 to 2016 – and rising numbers of young children visiting emergency rooms for suicidal thoughts and attempts. more
Paramore‘s Hayley Williams shared a hopeful message on mental health for World Suicide Prevention Day, the singer posting a series of tweets that detail her own struggle with depression and a desire to overcome the disorder.
“yesterday was #WorldSuicidePreventionDay,” Williams tweeted. “really I just wanna say that when my mind was super dark and hopeless, there was a part of me that felt safe being cynical & shut down. im trying to get healthier now…” more