Madison Holleran’s Father Speaks: ‘We Knew She Needed Help’

How heartbreaking! After the tragic suicide of 19-year-old Madison Holleran, her father Jim spoke out in an interview, admitting that he knew she had a problem and that she had suicidal thoughts in the past. On Jan. 17, Madison Holleran jumped to her death in Center City, Philadelphia. Her father, James Holleran spoke out in a new interview about the life of his daughter, who was a track star at University of Pennsylvania.

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Madison Holleran’s Father Speaks Out

“We knew she needed help. She knew she needed help,” James, 52, told the New York Post. “She had lost confidence in academics and she also lost confidence in her track abilities.”

James also explained that his daughter had began seeing a therapist in December after she shared that she was having suicidal thoughts.

On the 17th, the day that she committed suicide, James was “worried” so he had texted his daughter to tell her he wanted her to see a therapist who could help by prescribing anti-depressants; she had agreed.

“At the end of high school and going to Penn she was the happiest girl on the planet,” James said. “It was easy for her in high school. There was a lot more pressure in the classroom at Penn. She wasn’t normal happy Madison. Now she had worries and stress.”

Madison’s Father: How He’s Using Her Death To Help Others

Madison’s father doesn’t blame the school for her suicide, he told The Post. He added that he wanted to tell the sad story about Madison so that other families could learn from it and use it to help others.

Madison appeared to be a happy teen. She took to Instagram to post a beautiful pic of the sunset over Rittenhouse Square about an hour before she jumped off the building. She was pronounced dead around 7 P.M.

The NewJersey native also left gifts for her family on top of the parking garage that she jumped off of, as well as a note — he did not share details of either.

If you or someone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) who can connect you with a skilled and trained counselor in your area. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Madison’s.

— Emily Longeretta

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