Teen suicide is heartbreaking and tragic in and of itself, but even more so when deaths come in clusters -- and that's what has happened at Frederick High School, where three students reportedly took their own lives over the span of two weeks.
The only one of the trio publicly identified thus far is fourteen-year-old Ty Folsom, whose family members are sharing their grief in the hopes of preventing other teens from taking such drastic actions in the future. He was laid to rest yesterday. Continue for photos, details and warning signs.
Folsom explodes teen-suicide stereotypes. Far from being an isolated loner, he was a popular athlete skilled at wrestling and football. One post on the R.I.P. Ty Folsom Facebook page reads: "Ty was a strong great smart football player I'm almost certain he could have went pro. R.I.P Ty."
The page also features this collage of photos....
...as well as a Folsom self-portrait:
The Frederick High School community has been shaken by the deaths. The Longmont Times-Call reports that as many as 150 people attended a vigil for the trio of students late last month.
After the service yesterday, the R.I.P. Ty Folsom page shared this photo.....
...supplemented by the caption, "Service was today very tough but supportive love you guys."
Our sincere condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Ty Folsom and the other victims. Here are suicide warning signs collected by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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Suicide Warning Signs
People who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.
If a person talks about:
• Killing themselves. • Having no reason to live. • Being a burden to others. • Feeling trapped. • Unbearable pain.
A person's suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, especially if it's related to a painful event, loss, or change.
• Increased use of alcohol or drugs. • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means. • Acting recklessly. • Withdrawing from activities. • Isolating from family and friends. • Sleeping too much or too little. • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye. • Giving away prized possessions. • Aggression.
People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods.
• Depression. • Loss of interest. • Rage. • Irritability. • Humiliation. • Anxiety
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