When Will They Listen?


In my experience, Alex never wanted to make friends near home or at school. He told me later in his life that he didn’t want anyone to be sad or hurt if he died…

Very sad news. Many in our community have heard the news that Christina Tournant, a 17-year-old MIT student who had POTS for the past two years, committed suicide last week. Her health had recently taken a turn for the worse and she had to return home from college. It can be extremely difficult living with a debilitating chronic illness, especially when the plans you had for your life don’t work out as you hoped they would. Our hearts go out to Christina’s friends and family.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents in the US and chronic illness is a risk factor for suicide. Whatever age you are, if you or a loved one are depressed or having suicidal thoughts, please seek help as soon as possible. Reach out to family, friends, online support groups, medical and mental health professionals, or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255). The JED Foundation provides emotional health and suicide prevention support for college students and parents. http://www.jedfoundation.org. The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides support, headlines and educational information on depression and other mental health issues. http://www.nami.org/Find-Support.


3/7/2015, Tragic Death: Christina Tournant, 2014 Valedictorian at Osceola High School

Tournant reportedly jumped off the roof of the parking garage on airport property…

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