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Family speaks out about adolescent depression and suicide

Posted at 9:06 AM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 12:37:25-04

There is startling new research out about the nation's youth and suicide.

Hospital visits for suicide attempts or thoughts nearly doubled over an eight year period.

A Mid-Michigan family is speaking out about their son's battle with depression.

FOX 47's Cryss Walker has their story.

A boy full of joy. That's how David Rhem's mother describes the teen.

“Every single day I miss my boy”, said Sara Rhem.

“He was my treasure. He was my boy full of joy and I miss him.”

The twin loved being out on the ice and playing hockey with his team at Okemos High School.

Yet his zest for living faded and depression caused him to take his life in 2018.

He was only 17.

JAMA Pediatrics reports emergency room visits for children with suicidal thoughts and attempts increased from 580,000 to over one million between 2007 and 2015.

The survey evaluated kids from five to 18 but the cause is unknown.

“Social isolation has something to do with it”, said MSU Psychiatry Professor Dr. Jed Magen.

“Partly because of media, social media, drugs certainly has a lot to do with it, lots and lots of different factors.”

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