This article by Molly Lauryssens was originally published in the September 2021 issue of the Baltimore Real Producers magazine.
“Why aren’t we talking more about this?” Melissa Hargreaves asks exacerbated. It’s been a hard road for her 11-year-old daughter, Isabelle, who recently attempted to take her own life. “This was the first time she got close to succeeding and really got hurt. She’s done little things like scratching at her arms or threatening to jump out of a window—things that wouldn’t actually kill her.” This was not her first attempt, Melissa says, but as Isabelle gets older, the worse it seems to get.