Recently, the Globe shared the story of Alexandra Valoras, a teenager who showed every outward sign of success and promise. She revealed nothing of her inner anguish, except in her diary — a chronicle of scathing self-criticism and growing desperation that her parents chose to share so that other families might learn from their loss. Read Secrets of a Lost Girl here.
The Valoras family participated in this story because they hope someone who reads it may recognize themselves — or someone close to them — and realize they are not alone. Read about how the story was reported.
Below this submission form are some stories of others who have been affected by suicide and what they have done to cope.