Teen’s Suicide Prompts Parents to Seek Change in Mental Health System

On April 5, a noose made from double-knotted tennis shoe laces became 14-year-old Joshua Valdez’s means of suicide in the privacy of his bedroom closet.

Just four hours earlier the dark-haired, dark-eyed eighth-grader had returned home from his second appointment in three days with Shasta County mental health providers.
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