Teen Suicide

A tweet from Maggie Haberman brought us here.

“Teen suicide is now at a 40-year high for young women Alexandra’s age. It is now the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds of both sexes.”

From CBS News

Parents blindsided by daughter’s tragic suicide hope her story helps save others

The home video will look so familiar to so many parents: a sweet little girl singing and dancing her way to her teen years, recognized for achievements outside the home and thoroughly cherished inside it.

But the full story of Alexandra Valoras’ life is more terrifying than familiar. Just weeks after a family ski vacation, the 17-year-old high school junior, straight-A student, class officer and robotics whiz made her bed, tidied her room and walked to a highway overpass in Grafton, Massachusetts. She jumped off the edge.

“I leaned over the embankment and looked down, and I saw her,” said Dean Valoras, her father. “I was just hoping for warmth. Do you know what I mean? But there was no warmth, there was none. And all the cars kept driving by. My daughter’s on the side of the road, nobody saw this. And she’s cold.”

On the overpass, Dean and his wife Alysia found two journals their daughter left behind.

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