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Our Hearts Go Out to the Family & Friends of Maddie Yates

by Ben Davis posted Apr 16 2014 6:11AM

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.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Need help? Call 1-800-273-8255
More HERE and HERE

04/16/2014 6:13AM
Our Hearts Go Out to the Family & Friends of Maddie Yates
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04/16/2014 8:45AM
Maddie Yates
Well done DJX - more out there are struggling and hopefully at least one will see this and get that help they desperately need
04/16/2014 11:02AM
Maddie Yates
I will keep Maddie Yates in my heart. I will pray for her family. I'm sorry for your loss.
04/16/2014 12:04PM
Prayers to family and friends of Maddie. I am so sorry. KY Suicide Prevention Group has a list of resources and support group information. The National Suicide Prevention number is 1-800-273-8255. Another area for resources is the American Association ofSuicidology at:
04/16/2014 12:10PM
Prayers for her and her family. The struggles that teenagers go through now days is heart wrenching. God bless this little angel now she is now free from the pain. Maddie fly with those wings your free at last
04/16/2014 12:48PM
I can only hope that if I have a daughter (or son) one day that they will be brave enough to come to me and my (future) husband for support and help....#tragic #lifecutshort
04/16/2014 1:20PM
Thoughts and Prayers
So sorry for you loss. I do not know the girl but there is help out there. I was like that myself right before I had my first child.
04/16/2014 2:38PM
I can relate to this so much, so sorry it happens
Such a shame. Its difficult to understand to some people but I know how hard life can be just by being trapped in yourself. Rip Maddie. I think and talk this exact way at 37 years old. I feel its almost over yet have no reason for this to other people but my Dad was killed and I never knew him also I have suffered body image problems, depression and anxiety all my life. Years of therapy and medication have done nothing but enforce the negative thinking. I personally think it can only end one way.
04/16/2014 3:33PM
God bless this little girls family and peers! My daughter attended school with Maddie however did not know her personally. But has come home everyday very heavy hearted for Maddie & her friends that she has left behind. I pray you teens seek help andreach out before thoughts like this take your life. It's a bad day or a bad month not a bad life! Rest easy beautiful girl!
04/16/2014 3:50PM
RIP Maddie
I will be praying for her friends and family im sorry for your loss. God be with you as you grieve.
04/16/2014 4:04PM
those left behind...
There are people that love you----If you take your own life, yes you will not feel the pain anymore, but those people that love you will now have to carry that pain! PLEASE Reach out for help---
04/16/2014 4:35PM
rip maddie
As a woman 31 years old and 3 attempts I know the pain u felt that day.i lost my best friend at 18,I never got help. I said I'll be fine as I got older had kids and a full family it came back to haunt me. I see a Dr on a regular basis. I see this all day around the world on TV. So young and so much to offer to the world. Just know nobody hates u and u are loved by so many. I'll be keep you, your family and friends all in my prayers. Rest easy sweet girl. Just know even though I don't know u but from what I've been read and told by people who knew you, that u were a beautiful sweet young lady.
04/16/2014 4:38PM
As a survivor of clinical depression, I know too well the cruel part of the experience is the feeling of never will things be better. This is why we must keep our hearts open to help others who do not have the strength to bear depressions' awful burden. My prayers are with you and your loved ones to grieve and compassionately forgive others. We all need each other's help along this journey.
04/16/2014 9:13PM
I live with this depression too
I had two family menbers take there lives and a best freind take his. It's a over powering struggle to fight these feelings of taking your life . I have managed to fight it off , still I have had my battles with the evil one that tries to take me away, but my God always pulls me back into his arms , and says he loves me and will never leave me , so all you suffering out there there is hope , seek him and find your peace. God bless all who suffer , he will give you peace
04/16/2014 9:45PM
I obviously don't know exactly what this girl was going through, but I just don't understand what could be so bad that she couldn't get through it, somehow. There are a lot of ways to get help. I wonder if any of those were tried. My suggestion to anyone contemplating suicide is to check out how other people their age are faring, and think if their own situation is actually as bad as they believe. For example: she does not seem to be starving, or wearing rags, no mention of sexual abuse, or bullying (she specifically states that no one else is to blame for her decision). So were all of her problems just imaginary? Counselling should have been able to help with that. I understand that she recently lost her best friend, but how is her causing pain to others going to change that? Bottom line is that please don't hate me for my opinion, but everyone has troubles. We just have to find a way to deal with them.
04/16/2014 10:20PM
Learn to understand
Research about mental illness before you speculate. Obviously you haven't dealt with it by the ignorance in your post. Regardless of how "privileged" she may have been, her pain was real to her and she obviously felt it very deep. Please get help if you feel like hurting yourself. The path to healing may be difficult, but the light at the end is worth it all.
04/16/2014 11:27PM
No, you do NOT understand
I am 38 years old and have dealt with what Maddie went through all of my life. Like her, I was not "starving, wearing rags, bullied or abused", nor am I now. I am actually financially pretty well off, have a wonderful, loving family, a great job, and could not ask for much more in life. Yet some days, I do not want to live another day. I was lucky enough to realize that my illness causes mood swings and these doom days do not last forever. I went to back to college and got my degree in psychology so I could better understand what's going on with me. I have great days, and I have terrible days, which I have no real explanation for why. But it is real to me and until you've experienced it, you wouldn't understand.
04/16/2014 11:55PM
Do get it
I empathize and am so saddened at her giving up, but I get the harsh reality of the Cancer of the mind, Depression. Most dont understand the depth. My heart goes out to Maddies family.
04/17/2014 12:21AM
May you rest in peace. I pray for your family and friends to have enough strength to get through this painful loss. If anyone has suicidal thoughts, I'm not in your shoes so I can't tell you what to do, but please give your mind and heart a time out and refrain from acting or making important decisions during an extremely rough patch. This too shall pass. I made it this far by giving my mind a time out at such times.
04/17/2014 12:22AM
Missing you
She was a beautiful girl and a loving friend. I will never forget her laugh, smile, or constant jokes.
04/17/2014 4:30PM
RIP Maddie
This is not about who does and does not get it. This is about a young girl, who thought the world would be a better place without her. Whatever demons she fought in her life, I pray she has finally found the peace she so desperately sought. I pray forher family, friends and the entire Male community who have lost a member of their family. And I pray that we as a society haven't become so used to such tragedies that we overlook the cause.
04/18/2014 1:50AM
Those left behind
My daughter was a classmate of Maddie's who saw her and interacted with her on a daily basis; yet no one recognized the turmoil in her heart, they only saw her smiles. This illness does not give these young souls room to understand that what they are going through is only temporary and can be helped. I pray for peace for her family and all those who have been left with the feeling that they never really new Maddie and her plight. I pray those innocent children who watched this play out, don't believe suicide is the only option. Rest, sweet Maddie. Rest.
04/18/2014 10:20PM
A constant concern
There are people in this city that try to convince people to kill themselves. They see it as a test of willpower over others when they can so thoroughly mentally abuse someone to the point of suicide, or suicidal thoughts. There is actually a psychological term for this. Also, the mental health in Louisville is a joke. We're all just a bunch of disposable napkins, and once we've been used up, there's no use for us in this "society" anymore. Mental hospitals have always been a place where society tosses it's trash. If you honestly tell people that you feel this way, they'll stick you in a psych ward for 3 days, let you see a real "doctor" for 5 minutes, take a few pills, and suddenly you're cured. What a joke. I cannot emphasize enough that, while you may hear of this story as well as others, the constant struggle with depression is worse than the influenza pandemic in the 1900s, and will continue to be a problem as long as we accept a zero accountability when it comes to others thoughts and feelings, and refuse to stand up against the real problems in modern society, like people forcing others into depressive mindsets, and the constant economic and logistical struggles of average working people that are made worse by elitist Nazis that want to control everything and quietly "remove" people they don't want anymore. Men, you're guilty of this. Women, you're guilty of this. Stop hiding in the crowd and take responsibility for your actions. You make me sick. I just wanted to post this because the victim's family deserve to know the truth. The high pressures of modern "society" teach people that if they're not "perfect" then they're useless and a burden on everyone else. It's a seedy underside to the thin veneer that comprises modern life. This has been my struggle as well for years. Another life lost in the fight over people's souls. Sometimes it's just not worth it.
04/24/2014 10:30PM
sometimes the why can't be answered
Maddie was a beautiful girl who was loved by many. The answer to why isn't simple. It doesn't have to do with lack of friends or caring family. Anyone who knew her would have thought the world was hers to conquer. Bright, beautiful and bubbly, a true joy to be around. Unfortunately the joy she brought to others wasn't in her own mind. We will miss her forever.
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