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Teen Uses Personal Story To Help Others

Madison Motley, a 17-year-old out of central Alabama, is speaking out about her struggles after a failed suicide attempt in March. The softball player from Billingsley tried to strangle herself with a belt after an abusive relationship ended, according to al.com.

Her dad found her and took her to the Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. After a night of observation in the emergency room, Madison was admitted to the hospital with a plan to start therapy.

While Madison survived her suicide attempt, many teens do not. Shows like “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix have romanticized the idea of teen suicide without discussing any of the surrounding mental health issues.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the state suicide rate is 14.7 percent higher than the homicide rate and the third leading cause of death among young people. In 2014 alone, 74 teens committed suicide just in Alabama. More recent data is not available.

This isn’t a new trend, either. Connie Griffin, 50, one of the women at the Downtown Rescue Mission, started trying to commit suicide when she was 14.

Madison hopes that sharing her story will help other teens who are thinking about ending their lives.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She’s learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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