Mental illness impacts many children and young adults, especially student-athletes. Collegiate athletes face immense pressure as they navigate their new, independent lives on campus, compete at a high level, and manage making new friends and having a social life.
On Friday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “College Athletes and Suicide: A Quiet Crisis,” three families say their daughters, collegiate student-athletes, struggled with these demands – but were suffering in silence -- and died by suicide.

In the video above, the parents say that more needs to be done to check in on young adults’ mental health and also to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health. Plus, Dr. Phil shares one thing parents of college students can do to ensure they are informed of any struggles their child is facing.
On Friday, learn about a simple test that can help detect the risk of suicide. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or suicidal thoughts, dial 988.

WATCH: Three Families Say Their Collegiate Student-Athlete Daughters Suffered In Silence And Died By Suicide

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Questions To Ask To Evaluate A Person’s Suicide Risk

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