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Sharing Noah's story to raise awareness, prevent suicide

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Noah Miller was 13-years-old when he lost his battle with depression.

"He was, believe it or not, a very happy - would appear to be - happy teenager," his mother, Kelly Miller shares with Fox 2's Deena Centofanti. "Noah's illness, and it was an illness, just as cancer is an illness and a disease, as there's heart disease. Noah's depression was a disease, and it could have been prevented."

That's why Kelly is sharing her son's story. She hopes Noah's legacy includes helping another teenager who is secretly struggling.

Click on the video player above to hear Kelly tell Noah's story.

90 percent of those who die by suicide have a mental illness. Suicide is the highest among 45- to 54-year-old and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, here are some resources that can help:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(Free hot line operated 24 hours a day for those in suicidal crisis or emotional distress)
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
www.sprc.org

Common Ground
Crisis Line: 800-231-1127
www.commongroundhelps.org

American Association of Suicidology
www.suicidology.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
www.afsp.org

FOX2 is committed to this cause and we are supporting two events in September that raise awareness on mental health and suicide.  We hope you will join us!

  • Saturday, September 21st
  • The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk of the Minds
  • Noon, Providence Park in Novi

For more information on the NAMI Walk of the Minds, click here.

  • Sunday, September 22nd
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk
  • 12:30pm Kensington Metropark in Milford

There are other Out of the Darkness Walks in Michigan as well in September and October. Find the one closest to you:   click here.

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