Marilyn’s Story

Marilyn* was 53 years old when we first got to know her. Marilyn was single and unemployed, but her biggest concern was her 32-year-old son, Jason. Jason had a serious medical condition and a mountain of medical bills. Marilyn, though, had a sure-fire plan to get Jason out of debt. She’d kill herself. You see,…

Ella’s Story

Cherry-flavored lip gloss, Justin Bieber and Monopoly games that last for days. Things like these occupy the thoughts of most 10-year-old girls. But Ella had different things on her mind: her weight, recurrent run-ins with school bullies, the way it felt to slash her forearms with paper clips and suicide. And Ella was just 10…

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 –…