Texas boy hangs himself after battling depression amid COVID

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A 12-year-old Texas boy who felt “sad and lonely” amid the coronavirus lockdown measures hanged himself, his father reveals in a report concerning the tragedy.

Hayden Hunstable, of Aledo, took his personal life three days earlier than his thirteenth birthday in April 2020 as a result of he didn’t know the right way to take care of the isolation and depression when the rising illness brought on a nationwide shutdown, the UK’s Metro reported.

The boy’s 9-year-old sister, Kinlee, discovered him hanged in his bed room, in accordance with the outlet.

Hayden’s heartbroken dad, Brad, 42, spoke to Metro to assist stop future suicides among the many nation’s youth.

“COVID killed my son. I think Hayden would still be alive today if COVID had never happened,” the father-of-three instructed the outlet. “I had no idea he was struggling or depressed — he was such a happy kid and loved his friends and family.”

Calling the pandemic a “perfect storm for suicide and depression,” Brad mentioned: “I think everything just got on top of him, he felt overwhelmed and he made a tragic decision.”

On April 17, he recounted, the water went out within the household’s residence and his father came visiting and Hayden helped them repair the issue.

“It was a beautiful sunny day and I gave him a hug and a kiss on the head,” the grieving dad mentioned.

“Then when my dad left there was just me, Kinlee and Hayden at home. There was only a 30-minute window, Hayden had gone upstairs,” he mentioned.

“Then my daughter ran downstairs and said Hayden has hung himself. I ran up there, pulled him down and tried to save him,” Brad continued.

“I performed CPR but I couldn’t save him. He was gone. I saw something horrific that day and I don’t wish it upon anybody. I still get nightmares about it,” he mentioned.

The dad mentioned his son was hit onerous by the lockdown, which made it unattainable to hang around along with his buddies, and took a robust dislike to digital studying.

“He loved football and he loved being around people, he was very social,” the daddy instructed Metro. “He was a little guy but he had the heart of a lion. He was beloved by his friends and family.”

He mentioned Hayden obtained a curved monitor for Christmas in 2019, simply earlier than the lockdown, however he broke it by chance when he acquired annoyed and threw a recreation controller on the display.

“We told him he would not get another one, but then lockdown hit and I told him he would have to work to get a new one,” Brad mentioned.

“He did some chores around the house and we got him a cheaper one in April because it was his birthday on April 21st and he wanted to play with his friends,” he mentioned.

When police investigated the boy’s loss of life, they discovered that he had additionally damaged his new monitor, Brad mentioned.

“I don’t know if he was scared about getting into trouble of anxious about not being able to speak to his friends and ruining his birthday,” he mentioned. “He either did it in impulsive anger or he got himself in a situation he couldn’t get out of.”

Brad mentioned he believes that if his son had been taught about depression and the right way to beat it, he could have been saved.

As a results of the tragedy, Brad is on a mission to deal with what he believes shall be a “mental health tsunami” triggered by the pandemic — and has additionally made a brief movie known as Almost 13, which shares Hayden’s story.

“I am on a mission to solve youth suicide. Parents need to have conversations with their kids about their feelings,” he instructed Metro.

“We need to talk to kids about suicide and talk to kids about how to deal with depression. Kids get depressed and they need to be taught how to deal with their problems,” he mentioned.

“He was my best friend, we were buddies. I still cry every day and I can’t change what happened. … Hayden is a hero because I think he has already saved so many people across the world. I just hope I can do him justice,” Brad added.