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She attempted suicide at 12 years old, but now she helps others cope with pain

Paige Gaines shares her purpose for helping others cope with their feelings. Three young people also give their perspective on how they deal with everyday life.

Ciara Bri'd Frisbie, Matt Livingston, Donesha Aldridge (11Alive), Madison Carter, Erin Peterson

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Published: 7:07 PM CST January 21, 2022
Updated: 11:04 PM CST January 22, 2022

Editor's note: This story contains graphic descriptions of death by suicide involving children. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. 

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that at least 3,600 children under the age of 13 died by suicide in the last two decades. 

Paige Gaines was almost one of them. She was just 12 years old when she attempted suicide for the first time.

In episode three of "A Different Cry," Gaines, as a two-time survivor, shares her purpose for helping others cope with their feelings. Children also explore reasons why they feel they aren't being heard.