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As teen suicides rock local sports communities, concerns grow over athletes' mental health

By Roman Stubbs, The Washington Post, 01/04/21, 12:15PM EST


The sounds in her home can become unbearable some days. Heather Wendling will sometimes hear the footsteps of her sons walking in the dining room and think it's her daughter. She will hear the front door creak when her husband comes home after work and wonder if it's her daughter. She will hear the phone ring and know it's not her daughter, but perhaps another friend or volleyball parent calling to offer condolences or help.