Dad: Ala teen fought depression before suicide

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man whose son committed suicide after a high school prank says the youth battled depression for months before taking his own life.

Daniel Adamek said during a news conference Tuesday relatives tried but weren’t able to get the mental health care needed to help 15-year-old Christian Adamek before the youth hanged himself earlier this month.

Some reports and activists have blamed the teen’s death on the possible consequences he faced for streaking at a high school football game. The incident occurred days before his death.

But the youth’s father says it’s overly simplistic to link Christian’s death to any single event.

Adamek says blaming his son’s death on the streaking prank also distracts from the larger problem of finding adequate mental health care for teens.

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