MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – It’s been almost one yr since 10-year-old Kodie Dutcher was discovered useless simply miles from her Baraboo house. It was later known as a demise by suicide. Her passing continues to shine a lightweight on youth psychological well being consciousness.
Kodie’s mom, Brandy Bielicki continues to share her daughter’s story in hopes of serving to others.
“Since my daughter has handed and her story has been on the market…a number of mother and father have reached out to me,” mentioned Kodie’s mother. The necessity for psychological well being consciousness is rising amid the pandemic.
CDC researchers discovered that emergency room visits for suspected suicide makes an attempt amongst women ages 12 to 17 elevated by almost 30 % through the pandemic.
“Its tremendous unlucky however comprehensible…our women at that age… their hormones are all over in order that they’re actually making an attempt to slot in and discover their means,” mentioned Bielicki.
2020 knowledge on suicide and psychological well being for Wisconsin is just not out there but, however in 2019, at the least 16 % of children in Wisconsin thought of suicide and seven % tried it.
State well being officers are monitoring the traits. “The variety of teenagers feeling unhappy and hopeless constantly has been rising in Wisconsin for greater than a decade and the suicide charge for teenagers and younger adults in Wisconsin has been above the nationwide common,” mentioned Linda Corridor, director on the Youngsters’s Workplace of Psychological Well being.
Mother and father are inspired to speak to their children usually about psychological well being.
Brandy says Kodie all the time needed a child brother. Now she has one. As a mother once more to a new child child boy, Brandy hopes Kodi’s legacy lives on.
State well being officers say LGBTQ youth and youth of shade are more and more turning into extra susceptible.
Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
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