No problem is too big to be fixed in this world, but some people see no other way out. Suicide has been tragically making media headlines in recent years, and one teenage couple from Ohio recently took their lives just days after each other.
Slide #2 will have you in tears!
8. Mental Health Has Been A Huge Topic
Whether it be the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why or the increased societal spotlight on diagnosis and treatment, mental illness is no longer considered taboo.
People are stepping forward about their own personal experiences with mental illness in hopes of helping someone else. Slide #3 reveals it’s something we all need to discuss.
7. One Teenage Couple From Ohio Was Inseparable
Eighteen-year-old Mercedes Smith and 17-year-old Markeice Brown from Cincinnati, Ohio were young and in love. The two seemed to have the picture-perfect relationship to the outside world, but recent events revealed that these teens suffered from issues that were kept under wraps for far too long.
6. Mercedes Smith’s Mental Health Suffered
A thriving communications major at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, Mercedes Smith enjoyed participating in track-and-field. “Mercedes was a good-spirited person who showed promise in her future,” stated the college’s track-and-field head coach Jamaine Gordon.
The next slide shows that inside she was truly suffering.
5. Smith Tragically Committed Suicide At School
Mercedes Smith was found lifeless in her dorm room from an apparent suicide, and this loss hurt her college and hometown community immensely.
It hit the hardest for her boyfriend Markeice Brown, who received some unlikely accusations from the young girl’s family and friends. The effects of these comments would never be forgotten.
4. Markeice Brown Took His Own Life Just Days Later
Brown committed suicide just two days after his girlfriend, making this couple’s story even more tragic. Before Brown took his own life, he left a trail of reasons why, and slide #2 shows the absolutely devastating effects of bullying.
You won’t be able to forget his last words.
3. Brown Left A Detailed Facebook Status Behind
Brown’s last Facebook status sends thanks to the friends and family that were always there for him, and explains why he decided to take his own life. He wrote that he can’t take being blamed for his girlfriend’s death anymore and that he wants to go be with her and his grandmother.
2. Brown Went On Facebook Live One Final Time
“I just want to be around love, y’all. I just want to be around love…my grandma and ’Cedes. That’s all I want to be. I love y’all. I’m out,” Brown stated before he ended his last video. The next slide reveals that his family and friends wish this could have all been avoided.
1. An Entire Community Is In Mourning
Friends and family of Markeice Brown wish they could have changed his mind. One friend expressed that he wished Brown would have called him instead of going on Facebook live.
This is simply a tragic story about a young couple that left us far too soon, and it is a reminder to always seek help if you are dealing with mental illness. It could save your life or the life of someone else!