Newton Teen Hopes Story Can Help Children With Suicidal Thoughts

CBS Boston

NEWTON (CBS) – Smiling photos of Emma Lederman surround her Newton home. But they don’t tell the whole story of her childhood.

“I got very involved with self-harm when I was seven and I didn’t know what it was at the time. But I learned and I got pretty hooked on it and had a lot of suicide attempts,” Emma told WBZ-TV.

Emma says her anxiety, even at that young age, sent her into a deep depression.

“Middle school was a living hell for me,” she recalls.

Nancy, Emma’s mom, said her daughter’s struggles were also difficult for her as a parent.

“It’s a horrible thing not to know what your child is feeling. It’s awful. It’s a nightmare for a parent until you can finally get on the same page and say ‘OK this is what we need to do,'” Nancy said.

But many parents don’t get that chance.

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