April 1998

A growing number of children are gripped by depression

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Alone in the Dark: A growing number of children are gripped by depression

"Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,

All these children are asking you:

Please come out so we can play with you.

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,

Please shine down on me."

-- Popular children's rhyme

Twelve-year-old Jennifer tightened the rope around her neck. This moment would be the fruition of a death plan carried out in her mind many times before. It would be the moment to end all her inward pain.

Just short of passing out, Jennifer came to a realization.