Two 11-year-old children commit suicide in 1 week in Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Two 11-year-old children in Fort Collins have committed suicide within one week.

An 11-year-old girl who attended Lincoln Middle School killed herself eight days ago, on Nov. 16, the coroner's office said.

Then, an 11-year-old boy who attended Blevins Middle School took his own life on Saturday, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, which first reported the deaths.

Denver7 is not reporting the names of the children.

In the girl's obituary, her family asked that donations be made to groups that work to stop bullying in schools.
   
Authorities have not said whether bullying was a factor in either suicide.

However, some signs that may point to a bullying problem include:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

We want to remind you that there is a 24-hour suicide hotline if you or someone you know is struggling.
  
The number for the suicide hotline is 1-800-273-TALK.

Signs someone may be considering suicide include:

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • 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

Anytime a student passes, regardless of cause, Poudre School District implements its mental health crisis team to help the students cope.

The district also sends a letter home to parents letting them know what resources are available so they can help and support the student.

Denver7 recognizes that many research studies have found that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of copycat suicides (also known as suicide contagion) in vulnerable individuals. In this report we carefully followed the guidelines recommended by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

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