Grief counselors at Southgate middle school day after suicide - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Grief counselors at Southgate middle school day after student's suicide

Posted: Updated:
Davidson Middle School in Southgate Davidson Middle School in Southgate
  • Grief counselors at Southgate middle school day after student's suicideMore>>

  • Teen commits suicide at middle school in Southgate

    Teen commits suicide at middle school in Southgate

    Friday, March 22 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-03-22 14:09:37 GMT
    13-year-old Tyler Nichols took his life just before the start of classes Thursday at Davidson Middle School in Southgate.  The school system responded quickly to the tragedy.
    13-year-old Tyler Nichols took his life just before the start of classes Thursday at Davidson Middle School in Southgate.  The school system responded quickly to the tragedy.  Meanwhile, classes will resume at the school on Monday.
  • Hundreds attend tearful vigil held in memory of Tyler Nichols

    Hundreds attend tearful vigil held in memory of Tyler Nichols

    Thursday, March 21 2013 10:48 PM EDT2013-03-22 02:48:45 GMT
    There were tears, prayers, candles and questions, mainly why.  A candlelight vigil was held in memory of Tyler Nichols after the Davidson Middle School student committed suicide on Thursday.
    There were tears, prayers, candles and questions, mainly why.  A candlelight vigil was held in memory of Tyler Nichols after the Davidson Middle School student committed suicide on Thursday.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

Grief counselors were on hand one day after a 13-year-old student took his own life at Davidson Middle School in Southgate.

"Suicide in children is a rare event.  When it happens, it's obviously the most devastating thing to happen to a family and to a community," said Beaumont psychiatrist Dr. Joel Young.

Classmates and teachers are still reeling.  Some went to the school on Friday to meet with grief counselors, but the effect of the tragedy ripples far beyond Southgate.  It is touching children and families all over metro Detroit.

Young said there is something parents can do to help their children cope.

"What they need is an opportunity to talk and to ventilate their feelings," he explained.

However, parents shouldn't force it.

"Don't be surprised if you child doesn't want to follow through.  He just might want to move on with his day and not think such terrible thoughts, and I think that's perfectly normal behavior," said Young.

The psychiatrist said parents should also look for more serious signs that may mean your child needs professional help.

"Oftentimes kids and adolescents are angry and impulsively violent, and this is sometimes a sign of depression," Young said.

The school is working to put a lot of resources in place for families.  There will be a meeting just for Davidson Middle School parents on Sunday night to walk them through what to expect on Monday morning, and grief counselors will remain available.

There are many resources available for anyone who is struggling with mental health issues and thinking about suicide.  Pick up the phone and call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline where there is help available 24 hours a day.  That number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  You can also find them online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:34:12 GMT
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
  • Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:31 GMT
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
  • Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday's storm captured by Fox 2 viewers

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:48:38 GMT
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
    We have more video of the storm and storm damage from across southeast Michigan. It's Fox 2 viewer pics and video that you sent to us.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices