SPECIAL REPORT: Breaking the silence of suicide

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Grief counselors are dealing with an increase in suicides among teenagers and young adults in Greene County.

The medical examiner's office provided KY3 with statistics from January 1, 2017 through October 8, 2017. The report shows at least 8 teenagers and young adults in their 20's died of suicide.

KY3's Maria Neider talked to the parents of Sam Holmes. The Missouri State University golfer took his own life in March. Now his grieving parents are talking about the warning signs of severe depression, and the journal Sam shared with his mother.

"When children start to isolate, and again, you see lots of anxiety," said "Dr. Karen Scott of Lost & Found Grief Center. "When they just seem excessively sad, and they want to be alone, they want to be in their room. When they start avoiding school and asking please don't make me go. Making up illnesses, that kind of thing. Then you start getting to the bottom of it. And if they can't tell you, then it's time to get some professional help. If they can't look forward to something, what they're telling you is life is so painful for me, that I don't want to be here. That's a massive red flag."

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