Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, may have been crying out for help rather than being intent on committing suicide, even though she slashed herself with a meat cleaver and left a suicide note.
According to the latest reports, she also tried to overdose on Motrin, an over-the-counter pain reliever that isn’t capable of causing death.
She also called a suicide hotline after she cut her arm, which required several stitches to close, but doesn’t appear to be immediately life threatening.
The fact is people who are serious about committing suicide are almost always successful. The far greater majority who attempt suicide are really desperately crying out for help. Paris, who is 15, falls into the latter category.
But why were the obvious warning sings ignored? She reportedly had tried to commit suicide before.
Photos surfaced showing her with cutting scars up and down her forearm. None of them looked life-threatening. But cutting is an obvious sign of mental distress and self-image problems in teens.
Sometimes little setbacks can act as a trigger for suicidal thoughts. Alexa Ray Joel daughter of singer Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, said her suicide attempt was sparked by “heartbreak-related depression” over a breakup with her boyfriend.
Paris was said to be upset when she was told she couldn’t attend a Marilyn Manson concert. She was hospitalized under what’s known in California as a “5150 psychiatric hold.” It allows someone who is considered a danger to themselves or others to involuntarily hospitalized for up to 72 hours.
Paris’s world was turned upside down when her world famous father died in 2009, after suffering cardiac arrest triggered by a drug overdose. She was present in the house when he died.
Since then, she’s been fighting with her family over her father’s estate and is embroiled in a lawsuit against the promoters of the concert series that led to his death. She could be called to testify. The four-year anniversary of her father’s death is also coming up on June 25.
Paris has also been estranged from her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, and recently re-established a relationship with her birth mother Debbie Rowe.