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Parents and students alike are grasping for answers in Newton after two teenagers committed suicide within less than two weeks. Mental health specialists urge parents to talk with their children about the causes of suicide to make sure they don’t romanticize it, and encourage them to seek help if they are struggling.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the most important part of discussing suicide is confirming the cause of death. “Rumors can be deeply hurtful and unfair to the missing/deceased person, their family, and their friends,” reads the foundation’s tool kit for schools on handling suicide.
The mothers of the Newton teens — Katie Stack, 15, and Karen Douglas, 18 — have confirmed that their deaths were suicides.