Joelle’s Story

The bald spots dotting Joelle’s* head were an outward sign of her inner turmoil. Sixteen-year-old Joelle was so wracked with anxiety, she’d taken to pulling out her hair by the handful. Joelle’s mother left Oklahoma to find work; her father was in and out of jail. Joelle moved in with her great aunt, but couldn’t keep…

Teen Suicide: Shyla

“I just want to die,” are words Ann Jenkins, clinical director of COPES, and her team hear quite often. More and more frequently, the ones saying they’re ready to quit on life are kids. COPES is a 24/7 crisis service operated by Family & Children’s Services. Specially trained COPES clinicians provide free, confidential support –…