Brigitte and Scott, Dona and Kurt, and Janice all lost a daughter to suicide. The families say the young women were D1 college athletes facing immense pressure to handle school, athletics, and socializing. They say their daughters suffered in silence before they took their lives.
“Our daughter Sarah was an amazing, beautiful girl. She also happened to be a very talented distance runner,” says Brigitte. “We knew she had been dealing with some anxiety, but we just didn’t know how overwhelming her life as a student-athlete had become for her.”

Janice says that her daughter Arlana Janell Miller was an “extraordinary” young woman. “I got a call from the athletic director at Southern University telling me that my daughter had died, and all I can remember is screaming and feeling like somebody took my heart out of my chest,” Janice says.
Dona and Kurt say their 22-year-old daughter, Morgan, was in her fourth year at Duke University and played for the women’s lacrosse team. “It was only after Morgan’s passing that we were able to piece together information regarding the struggles that she was enduring,” Kurt says. “She struggled silently and alone due to stigma that surrounds mental illness.”
The families share their stories in the video above.
On Friday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “College Athletes and Suicide: A Quiet Crisis,” hear what the families say these three young women all had in common. And, 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.

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Questions To Ask To Evaluate A Person’s Suicide Risk

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