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'I'm still trying to understand': Family speaks out after 15-year-old's suicide

March 30, 2021 | 1:25 PM GMT
Hannah Zang is grappling with the death of her 15-year-old brother, Tanton Zang, who died by suicide in August 2020. She says the pandemic may have deepened her brother’s depression. During the pandemic, studies have shown a stark increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression among adolescents and young adults, according to the CDC. One in four young adults said they seriously contemplated taking their own life. By speaking publicly about her brother's death, Zang hopes to normalize talking about suicide and seeking professional help for mental health concerns. Post health reporter William Wan and CDC statistician Sally Curtin comment on the country’s broken mental health infrastructure.