Following historically high suicide rates, Iowa schools become mental health gatekeepers

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Shelby Fleig, Des Moines Register Published 12:58 p.m. CT Oct. 29, 2018

In class writings, Cameron Carico said he wanted to “meet God.”

The teen, who had an upbeat personality, wrote that he often cried in his room. And though Cameron’s family knew of his depression, they had no idea how severe it was.

On Jan. 28, 2012, the 15-year-old Johnston High School freshman took his own life. The next day, another Johnston student did the same. There were a total of three suicides that year in the Des Moines suburb’s school district.

Brian Carico was principal at Johnston Middle School when his son killed himself, and he can’t help but feel that he and other school staff could have done more.  Read Shelby’s full article at the Des Moines Register.


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