When Six Year Olds Attempt Suicide

Monday, April 12, 2010

sad child reflection (D. Sharon Pruitt)

Last week, we were struck by the shocking story of a six-year-old girl in Oregon whose death has been labeled a suicide. We wondered: Is it really possible for a first-grader to suffer from suicidal tendencies? And to deliberately take her own life?

Judith Warner is a writer for our partner The New York Times and the author of “We've Got Issues,” an examination of childhood psychiatric disorders and how they’re treated. She sheds light on this upsetting case, and on the topic of childhood mental illness and suicide.

And Dana Perry shares the story of her late son Evan. As a young child, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After a decade of threatening and attempting suicide, he took his own life at age fifteen. His lifelong struggle is documented in Diana’s film, “Boy Interrupted.”

Guests:

Dana Perry

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Contributors:

Judith Warner

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