Louisville Male High School is mourning the death of student Maddie Yates, who took her life after posting a heartbreaking video explaining her decision to YouTube.
The video was posted around 6 p.m. Monday, and by the next day, it was threatening to go viral in Louisville, watched more than 10,000 times before it was taken down from YouTube around 4:30 p.m.
The video took a look into her struggle with depression and anxiety. On her final descision, she says, “I know that it’s not OK for me to be doing this, but I just can’t do it anymore.... remember that I am doing you a favor.” She goes on to say, “I just don’t see how this is a bad idea,” and describes it as the difference between deciding to jump from a burning building or staying in it and dying “a slow, excruciating death.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who knew and loved Maddie.
If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, there is HELP.
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