WELLINGTON, Fla. (CBS12) — The death of fashion designer Kate Spade is a reminder that suicide affects all ages.
It’s the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
A mother in Wellington knows this all too well after making a gut-wrenching discovery in her son’s bedroom, just in the nick of time.
Shawna Humphrey found her son Corey’s suicide note in his bedroom.
Months later, Corey says he is doing much better mentally and physically.
“I’m more than happy, I don’t even know how to describe how happy I am,” Corey said.
The 12-year-old boy goes to therapy twice a week.
“Sometimes it’s hard, because they want me to think hard about somethings,” Corey said. “And sometimes I don’t want to talk about it, but I still talk about it.”
Corey says he experienced years of torment and abuse at the hands of bullies after developing a skin condition called vitiligo, which causes the skin to change pigmentation.
He detailed his reasons why he wanted to say goodbye in a suicide note, which his mother discovered in April.
“We’ve never done any counseling before, he’s never had any mental health issues or anything like that, but I knew when I found that note, I had to get help and I did,” Humphrey said.
Corey started to notice a physical and positive change; some pigment has partially returned to his face and arms.
“I don’t mind it, I actually want to go back to normal, that way,” Corey said. “No one can tease me or look at me.”
Shawna hopes other parents who may be going through this will also consider taking their children to therapy.
“He wasn’t interested,” she said. “He didn’t want to interact with me or his sisters. Those are tell-tale signs.”
Humphrey also wants all parents to pay attention to the warning signs, saying those red flags could save a life.
If you are having suicide thoughts, it’s important to reach out and get the help you need. Dial 211 or text T-X-T 211.