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May 21st, 2010
07:50 AM ET

Teen fights mental illness stigma

Jordan Burnham is a suicide survivor living with depression.  Two years ago, he jumped from his 9th floor bedroom window and broke almost every bone in his body.  He is African-American and felt that being a minority he carried a burden to excel.  Now, he encourages students across the U.S. to speak up about depression and the pressures of being a teen. 

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  1. Barbara Johnson

    Michael...Unfortunately...CNN is not responsible for the words which come out of our mouths (Thank goodness!)...Blaming the media for societies 'issues' is no different than what you are saying is the cause of racism. There is no 'big bad wolf' out there...who 'causes' the problems people face in a Democracy. The process of correcting problems can be extremely difficult...but it is basically what life is about.

    We have made great progress since the Civil Rights Act of the late 60's in race relations. We will always have people who need our help both as groups and as individuals. It is up to us to understand that some people need huge amounts of love and care from others...Love and care are free and can cure so many ills!!

    All of a sudden, we have a Kentucky politician (Rand Paul) who has decided that it is more important to be 'free'...than to look at the 'big picture'. That sort of freedom brings only chaos and hate. Discipline and responsibility are a strong part of a Democratic way of life. I wonder how he missed those elements!

    Barbara

    Barbara

    May 21, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    @ Barbra Amen .

    May 21, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  3. john doe

    You tell him from me, Suicide didn't kill'em!!! You got to find light out there!!! Depression comes from "LOOKING DOWN on EVERYTHING"!!! He tried suicide didn't work!!! You are here for a reason SON!!! From a worried teen to a strong man!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 22, 2010 at 5:56 am |
  4. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    I am happy Jordan Burnham found a way to excel. How difficult is to encourage other students across the U.S. to speak up about depression and the pressures of being a teen.

    May 22, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  5. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    There are many stigmas society impose. There are many topics we need to speak.

    May 22, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  6. Joan

    Get smart people in for the old spill. Quit playing around with it.

    The big man have him stay in his office for a change. Think first and work it out. Quit running around the world and that is also spending our money doing that. Work at the desk for a change.

    The world needs to at home and be with family.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  7. Bill

    Open Memo to the American people

    The irony of our society is that it continuously repeats actions of the past and yet expects a different outcome. Republicans under bush created the foundation of economic disaster, created gridlock in Congress; and started two wars. Democrats, under President Obama, are hampered in attempting to resolve these issues since they lack the 60 Senate votes needed to put legislation up for a floor vote.

    So now the answer by many is to satisfy their discontent by again putting more Republicans or Tea Party candidates(ultra conservatives) in office. It is odd that one party can act as a “blocker” to the agenda of another party and then charge that the blocked party failed to act on its agenda. The Republicans had 8 years to show their stuff……..unfortunately they did!

    Finally, the administration is doing all that can be possibly done to provide oversight over an unregulated oil industry. We cannot allow decades to past where safety takes a back seat in the oil and coal industries and then expect the current President to wave a magic wand and the problem goes away.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  8. Connie Miller of Nashville, TN

    Lets all wake up, It's all about the oil. BP wants to keep pumping it and thats the only reason they have not yet, stopped the leak.

    We all need to do our part. stop supporting BP and STOP buying there gas & oil for the rest of our lives.

    Lets get another company in to stop the leak.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  9. Bodhi

    the oil spill picture is not "cool!!!!" It is ugly and terrible .. not cool at all !!

    May 26, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  10. Fred

    All of this is a joke and it is very shamefull to see it happening here in the USA in this depressed market.
    1) it is a standard procedure to kill the well automaticly and a top kill should have been done
    a) I truly believe the reasoon it was not done becasue it would have damaged the oil formation at a later time for production. This is why it was not done.
    The ball was dropped on this one and both BP and the USA government should be blamed due to the poor procedures in the chain of events that happened.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:19 am |