Teens under Pressure: Jordan

Sharing His Struggles
Dr. Phil turns to Jordan, whose non-fatal attempt resulted in fractures, broken bones and internal bleeding in his organs and his brain. He also spent three months in the hospital and two additional months undergoing physical rehabilitation.
 
"Jordan, what did you want to say?" Dr. Phil asks.
 
"Mr. Hill Harper touched on a great point of hearing what your child is saying. In our society, we always say, ‘How are you doing?' I think just changing simple words like saying, ‘How are you feeling?' can change the complete direction of a conversation," Jordan replies. "We can never choose the bad things that happen to us, but we can choose how we cope with them."
 
"Were you hiding this from your family and your parents?" Dr. Phil inquires.
 
"Absolutely. I would go to school with a mask on my face. I'd always be smiling, I'd always be happy, but on the inside, I was dying," Jordan reveals. "When I had these suicidal thoughts, it's not that I wanted to die, but the part of me that had depression, that's the part that I wanted to die."[AD]
 
"What could they have asked you?" Dr. Phil probes. "What could they have done that would have given them a head's up on what was coming?"
 
"My parents did everything right. My entire family did everything right. They made sure that I was going to seek treatment, going to see a therapist, taking my medicine and having those conversations, but again, there was a lot of me that I just kept on the inside and held onto those negative emotions," Jordan answers.
 
If a friend or loved one is talking about or planning to take his or her life, reach out for help now. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255).