Franklin James Cook

Teen Shares Lessons Learned from Nonfatal Attempt

In Postvention, Prevention on November 24, 2008 at 10:23 am
Jordan Burnham

Jordan Burnham

ORIGINAL FEATURE — A feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer tells the story of Jordan Burnham, who survived a suicide attempt and has gone on to visit schools and talk to students about depression and suicide.

“Would you take back that day?” asked one middle school student.

“Yeah,” said Burnham. “It was a horrible decision. I hope no one goes through what I did.”

“I suffered from depression,” said a 15-year-old sophomore. “I’m on pills for it. He really touched me. How he grew from it and learned from it really helped me, and I can grow from it, too.”

Jordan and his parents also speak in-depth about his attempt–and their recovery afterward–in a video provided by the newspaper, and Jordan’s father gives his perspective:

That wasn’t Jordan going out that window. That was Jordan’s body going out that window under the influence of his depression.

There are also a number of pictures of Jordan during his visit to a school in Pottstown, Penn.

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  1. I’m now 19 and experiencing being a dad. I must say although it feels good it’s still hard. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but to be honest, the hard part is having to balance time. My daughter is great and makes managing her never dreadful. -Teen dad

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