Grieving Mother Pleads With Other Parents To Do One Thing That Could Save Their Kids From Suicide

Date September 24, 2018

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24, and this statistics is terrifying. Teenagers and young adults often struggle with such issues as education, family problems, and bullying. 

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Often teenagers show early signs of depression, but parents can disregard the warnings until it's too late, because teens tend to isolate themselves and keep their emotions under wraps. One mother shared her heartbreaking experience in order to open the eyes of other parents and help them prevent the worst from happening.

Realising her son's problems in hindsight

Kris Masalsky Goguen opened up to KGUN9 years after her son committed suicide. She remembers him with a smile. Paul was a nice and bright boy, but his issues started to overcome him in teenage years

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When Paul started 5th grade, Kris noticed her son was different. He was more moody, negative, and distanced himself from his parents.

Unfortunately, Kris thought it was normal for a teenage boy and didn't think he might be experiencing mental problems. She explained that Paul wouldn't talk to her, and she didn't want to push:

It's tricky because typically teenagers don't want to talk their parents. Their parents are the last people in the world they want to talk to.


Paul took his life when he was only 15 years old. Kris still doesn't know what exactly pushed Paul to do it, because no prior talks with teachers helped her understand what was going on with him.

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Now, Kris realizes that at some point her son ended up in a dark place mentally, and couldn't get out of it. She regrets not making mental issues a conversation in their household, because it could've prevented the tragedy from happening:

I think it's important to have those very open and authentic and honest conversations - start them at the dinner table.


Kris will never find peace knowing she missed those troubling signs, but she hopes her experience can help other parents be more open with their children and let them know it's okay to ask for help.

Ending the silence 

National Alliance on Mental Illness is working tirelessly on helping teenagers cope with mental problems, and works with schools to educate youngsters about this issue. Their goal to let everyone know that silence is not the answering, and help is always there when they need it.


We all must be aware and understanding of people going through difficulties mentally, and always do something when seeing warning signs in those around us.

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