KENNEWICK, Wash. - Two teens attempted to kill themselves in Kennewick. They are both in critical condition in Spokane. A 12 year old tried to hang himself and a 14 year old drank Drano. They were flown to Sacred Heart Hospital
According to the Washington Health Department suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens between the age of 15 and 19 and that 17 percent of sixth graders in Washington had a plan to commit suicide, compared to 12 percent of eight graders.
Rochelle Brunsdon, Lutheran Community Services said, "For some people the psychic pain of being alive is so hard that they don't see other options."
The Health Department website states that talk of suicide, giving away possessions, changes in personality, or becoming withdrawn are all signs to look for. Sgt. Ken Latin with the Kennewick Police Department said, "If they make some or infer claims about harming themselves take them seriously6."
Brunsdon said that it is easy to forget that kids are going through many changes, "hormonal changes, social changes and all kinds of pressures on them. It can be frightening and a lonely experience."