The parents of a Palo Alto student who died by suicide on Jan. 24 have released a statement regarding his death. The teen had attended Gunn High School and was in his senior year.
"This has been a really hard time for us. Our son struggled with depression, and he made it clear that the cause was not due to academic pressure at Gunn," the parents stated in an email.
"We're deeply saddened, and while we appreciate the various outreach and messages we've received, we'd like some time to mourn within our family and ask that the community please wait until after the services on Sunday to contact us."
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office has not released the identity of the teen, and the Weekly is respecting the family's request not to publish his name at this time.
Help is available
Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal is urged to call 1-800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can also call 1-855-278-4204.
A list of local mental health resources is available here.
Read more: How to help those in crisis