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MTV Reality Show Reaches Out for Help With Suicidal Thoughts

Catelynn Lowell of the hit MTV series “Teen Mom OG,” recently announced on Twitter that she is seeking medical treatment after having suicidal thoughts.

Lowell gained MTV fame when she was featured on “16 and Pregnant.” Fans watched her and her now husband, Tyler Baltierra’s, journey through her pregnancy and watched them make the choice of adoption for their daughter. Since their debut on the show nearly nine years ago, the couple has endured their share of ups and downs. In 2015, the couple got married and welcomed a daughter named, Nova.

Since Nova’s birth in 2015, Lowell has been vocal about her challenges with postpartum anxiety and depression, and in 2016 she entered an Arizona treatment facility. Since leaving treatment she has been very open on the show about how important of a role therapy, medication, and self-care are in her journey to wellness.

On November 17th she posted on Twitter, “Well today I thought of every way to kill myself . . . so I’m going to treatment.” She later shared a picture of her tattoo with the quote ending with the suicide support symbol of the semicolon, “My story isn’t over yet;” The semicolon is used in place of a period to show that a person’s journey continues tough times and does not end, just as a sentence would normally end with a period.

Baltierra showed his support for his wife’s decision to reach out for help by Tweeting,”Incredibly proud of my wife . . . when she thought she had no choices left, she reached out and decided to LIVE today! My life would be desolate without her in it. You are beautiful, strong, worthy, and loved.”
If you or someone you know is having thoughts about suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)273-8255(TALK). You can also text HELLO to 741-741 for support from the Crisis Text Line.


Jill Hamilton, Senior Project Coordinator, The Kim Foundation
Jill Hamilton has been a Project Coordinator at The Kim Foundation since 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Speech Communication Minor from The University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2009. Since working at the foundation, she has become an active member of the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition and The Metro Area Suicide Prevention Coalition, Nebraska LOSS Advisory Committee, The Early Childhood Mental Health Coalition, is Chair of the Nebraska LOSS Teams Conference Planning Committee, and serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Metro Area LOSS Team.