My 14-year-old daughter lost her very best friend to suicide at age 13 due to depression and issues with school. They were like twins. Best friends for 7 years. My daughter was devastated. Refused to go back to school, too difficult now alone. Tried to go half days. Tried alternate days. Teachers were of little help. School stopped sending homework. Struggled for 2 years. School did nothing to encourage her to return. She dropped out of high school for a year. No calls from school. I finally found an alternative smaller school, where she started in an outreach program and now attends 3 full days.