How Matt Richtel speaks to young people and their parents for this film
In mid-April, I spoke to the mother of a young man who committed suicide who I had followed. I asked her what her daughter did.
“If we can’t find something to help this baby, this baby will not be here for long,” said the mother. She began to cry. “It came out of our hands, it came out of our control,” he said. “We tried everything.”
“It’s like waiting for the end,” he added.
Over the 18 months of advertising, I have met many young people and their families and interviewed many doctors, therapists and experts in the field of youth research. I hear stories of pain and uncertainty. From the beginning, my therapists and I have talked about how best to deal with people in crisis.
The time set for the approval of anonymous entities; our style book calls it the “final destination” for situations where important information cannot be published in any other way. Often, assets will pose a threat to their jobs or even to their safety, whether by a terrorist leader or a government terrorist.
In this case, the need for anonymity has a different significance: to protect the privacy of young, vulnerable young people. They have harmed themselves and attempted suicide, and some have threatened to try again. In telling their stories, we must remember that our primary responsibility is for their safety.
If Time publishes the names of these young people, they can easily identify them years later. Would that hurt their way of working? Was it the young man – a legitimate child – who later regretted expressing himself during times of pain and struggle? Will the story be seen to provoke more violence?
Therefore, some young people are identified from the first time only; some of their parents are identified by first name or first name. For months, I got to know M, J and C, and in Kentucky, I got to know the depressed teens I identified only by their ages, 12, 13 and 15. In some cases story, we have not proclaimed the truth of the living families.
Everyone I interviewed was authorized by themselves, and most parents were involved with their teens. On several occasions, the parent speaks out in the classroom, or the young man asks for privacy and the parent agrees.
In these letters, I feel sad, confused and want to find answers. The voices of young people and their parents, when protected by anonymity, raise awareness of this mental health problem.