Teens under Pressure: Mariann and Laurie

Grief-Stricken Girls

Mariann and Laurie join Dr. Phil in his studio. "Tell me about your daughters, at this point," he says.

"My daughter was very, very good friends with these two girls. One, in particular, was her best friend," Mariann answers. "She insists she had no clue. She was just with her a few days before. Her friend said that she absolutely would never take her life."

[AD]"But they were discussing it," Dr. Phil points out. "Your daughter actually asked her younger sister: 'What would you do if I killed myself?' So you know that's in her mind, right?"


"Have you talked with her about it?" he asks.

"I did," Mariann replies. "She said that she was just joking; she wouldn't really do it."


Dr. Phil addresses Laurie. "Tell me about your daughter," he says.


I'm worried about my daughter. She withdraws, and she's very adamant about going and doing everything she can for fundraisers, memorials, vigils. She's got to be there. I'm worried because I don't know how to talk to her," she replies.


Dr. Phil lists several suicide warning signs:

- Threatening, talking or writing about wanting to hurt or kill himself or herself.
- Has excessive and persistent rage and uncontrolled anger. 
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities without apparent fear. 

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"Everything you just mentioned on there is my daughter," Mariann says. "I know something is going on. I don't know how to help her, because she won't really talk to me. She won't seek help except these friends. Her network is her friends, and they're all in this darkness, and they're all feeding off of each other. I can't break her from it."



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).