Why would a happy, healthy, bright, and normal teenage boy abruptly take his own life? Why is the suicide rate for teens and young adults in the US the highest on record? Why is suicide the leading cause of death in Colorado for youth ages 10-24? How can a parent cope with the heartbreaking loss of a child to suicide? Is there a way to prevent this tragedy from happening so frequently? Ann Clark faced all of these questions when she lost her only child to suicide thirteen years ago. Her new book, “Gone to Suicide” explores answers to these questions and more.

If your child died by suicide, you need to read this book. If your child is using marijuana, you need to read this book. If you are concerned about the growing mental health crisis in our world today, you need to read this book. Get Gone to Suicide on Amazon or wherever you buy your books.

Background: When Brant Clark was seventeen-years old, he had a devastating experience while smoking marijuana. It led to a sudden, major psychotic break, emergency room care, hospitalization for nearly a week, and ultimately his suicide two weeks later. While there can be many different conditions that contribute to suicide deaths, our society often overlooks one very important factor that is negatively impacting the mental health of thousands of teenagers and young adults every day. This is the damaging effect of high-THC marijuana on the developing brain. The public needs to be aware that large quantities of THC can cause anxiety, paranoia, racing thoughts, delusions, sudden personality changes and psychosis in some previously healthy individuals.

The public also needs to be aware that the marijuana of today has changed radically since the 1970’s. The THC content back then was only 5 percent, and now can be greater than 95 percent in the highly processed concentrates sold by the industry. Today’s pot is not exactly about “smoking Mother Nature” anymore. Many experts believe that this high-THC marijuana use could be contributing not only to growing, widespread violence, but also could be fueling the alarming increases in the teen suicide rate. This book documents the most important, yet widely under-reported scientific research about these risks.

Death, loss, and pain can affect our perspective on everything else, and a soul-crushing death like suicide can cause the surviving family members to re-evaluate their entire understanding of who they are and what they are here to do. Without in any way minimizing the extreme pain of suicide, this book offers a path forward to transforming that pain. Learning a new perspective can lead to an unexpected healing, and survivors of suicide may find that not only is there light at the end of the tunnel of this extreme loss, but also new direction, fulfillment, and wisdom.

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