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What Might Have Motivated Paris Jackson's Suicide Attempt
This week Paris Jackson was sent to the ER after cutting her wrists and downing painkillers.
Paris was reportedly angered that she wouldn't be able to go to a Marilyn Manson concert, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. A piece from the New York Post suggests that Paris' woes are a potent combination of teenage angst mixed with grief for her father and frustration with the notoriously dysfunctional Jackson clan.
Even though Michael Jackson may not have been a model of mental health, sources close to the family said he was a loving, attentive father who wanted to give his children what he never had: a relatively anonymous childhood and protection from his own father and siblings. With his death, that's all changed. She's now a public person, and her father's siblings, including Janet, have gotten pretty nasty while arguing over his will.
When paramedics responded to her suicide attempt, a family member recounted the scene: "She’s basically kicking and screaming when the paramedics came, saying, ‘I want to live. I do. I just don’t want to live here. I wish my daddy was here.'"
Jackson lives with her grandmother Katherine in Calabasas, but it's not idyllic. Paris complains that her grandmother isn't home enough—in part because she's been heading downtown to attend the trial pitting the Jackson clan against AEG. Paris' co-guardian T.J. Jackson isn't home much either, and the only other adult around is cousin Trent Jackson, who spends most of his time escorting Katherine around and running errands.
Paris is depressed and her way of responding sounds like any other troubled 15-year-old: she slams doors, refuses to do her chores, locks the door and blasts Kurt Cobain while refusing to come out for meals. She throws tantrums when she doesn't get her way—the latest was that none of the adults in her life got passes to the Manson concert she was hoping for (although Manson offered to put her on the guest list).
And Paris has been having some troubles in the romance department. A family member said she was hurt by a young boy at school recently. She hinted at it on Twitter: "Don't kiss someone one day if you plan on seeing someone else the next."
Paris has a tough road ahead of her. She is scheduled to take the stand in the AEG lawsuit, alleging that the company was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray. Paris has been nervous about giving public testimony, and she was reluctant to join the suit: "Everything is about money in that house, and if you look at the AEG lawsuit, Paris doesn’t really know whether the motive is justice or money." Paris feels like family members who go on TV talking about how much they miss Michael are just faking it.
Lately, Paris been spending more time with her biological mom Debbie Rowe who has a farm in the Antelope Valley. And she has even talked about legally emancipating herself from her family.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.
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