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Teen Suicide in West Islip New York Leaves Family, Friends, and Community in Mourning

By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In New York and other States, the teenage years are often filled with good times and fun. The teenage years are also filled with pressure, stress, a transition from childhood to young adulthood, and the demands of everyday life. Even those teens who appear to have everything in place can be the ones at risk for stress, depression, and in some instances suicide. In New York, a 17 year old (Alexis Pilkington) ended her own life. She was a soccer star at the West Islip High School and was credited with helping her team win the Long Island Soccer Championship last year. She was well liked and a great soccer player. She also had some issues that she went to therapy for. Tragically, Alexis ended her own life despite the love and support of family, friends, and the community. Hopefully, Alexis will be remembered for her smile, her love of family, and her great soccer abilities. The death of Alexis should be a life lesson and teaching tool of sorts for others. Suicide is a real risk for many teenagers even those who appear to be “on the ball” or great kicking the ball. You can read more about this story at 17 Year Old Star Soccer Player Ends Her Life.