Newton parents discuss teen suicide

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Lila McCain, mother of Karen Douglas, spoke to the Newton school community about her daughter at a forum on suicide. At left, Larry Berkowitz and Joanna Bridger of the Riverside Trauma Center. Photo by Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff

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NEWTON — If there is one good thing that comes from her daughter’s death, Lila McCain hopes it is that another troubled child finds a way to ask for help.

“I don’t care if I have to quit my job; we’re going to do something,” McCain told parents packing the Newton South High School auditorium at a forum Monday night, her voice steady and her fist clenched. “We need to make the kids feel safe to come forward. We need to destigmatize suicide.”

McCain’s 18-year-old daughter, Newton North senior Karen Douglas, was found Oct. 5 in Natick after taking her own life. Less than two weeks later, on Oct. 16, 15-year-old Newton South sophomore Katie Stack also took her life, according to her mother.

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