In middle school a friend I knew in elementary school committed suicide in his parent’s bedroom. He was 14. Though I don’t know the reason for his action, it affected our community tremendously. Mental illness in adolescents can be especially dangerous because teens can be reluctant to reach out, fearing nobody will understand them. They may take matters into their own hands. We need to normalize counseling and getting the help that is needed before it’s too serious. Allowing teens access to anonymous counseling can make a huge difference.