L. Jon Wertheim's article (Did Yeardley Love Have to Die? May 17) was a chilling reminder that domestic violence does not discriminate. I can only echo the comments made by UVA's president, John Casteen III, who said, "Don't watch abuse. Don't hear stories of abuse and stay quiet." This message should be delivered early and often to our children, friends and loved ones.
Daniel Feigin, New York City
How to Save a Life
As someone with a history of depression and as a pediatrician who cares for children and young adults with this serious illness, I was pleased to read Selena Roberts's article on Jordan Burnham and his efforts to use his experience with depression to help others (POINT AFTER, May 17). I, too, have tried to learn from my own illness, and I apply these lessons in the treatment of my patients. All of us who care for children and young adults must take a proactive stance in looking for mental illness in our kids. In Massachusetts the state Medicaid program has recently mandated that all physicians caring for teens screen for depression at each annual visit. Validated questionnaires that look for depression are used and have proved effective. Perhaps it is time that such screening be made available in other areas.
John D. Leimert, Tiverton, R.I.
The article on depression hit very close to home for me as I lost my 16-year-old son to suicide in December 2004. The extreme pressure to succeed can be too much to deal with at any point in a young person's life, but it is especially hard if he or she has depression that has gone undiagnosed. On behalf of parents who have lost a child to suicide, I want to say thank you to Jordan Burnham for speaking to other young adults about the many challenges they face every day.
Troy Metz, Wilkesboro, N.C.
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