Minding Michigan: Mom sought help for suicidal son, says system failed

Jun 3, 2016

"Minding Michigan" is Stateside's ongoing series that examines mental health issues in our state. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 34 is suicide.

Overall, suicides have been rising. Since 1999, the rate of suicide has gone up 25 percent.

The data makes it abstract, but we’re talking about real people and the loved ones they leave behind.

On today's Stateside, Lester Graham is joined by Julie Hartley.

Hartley lost her son, Ian, on May 2. He was 16.

We also spoke with Dr. Cheryl King, to learn more about youth suicide.

King recommended these resources for those who want to learn more about suicide and how to help someone who may be having suicidal thoughts:

Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24/7 by phone at 1-800-273-8255. You can also contact NSPL in an online chat room, through their Lifeline Crisis Chat service


Julie Hartley is the mother of Ian Hartley, who died May 2.

Dr. Cheryl King is a professor in the departments of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Michigan, and director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Program.