Car accident viral video sparks mental health conversation

Car accident viral video sparks mental health conversation
A video recorded on social media of a Tennessee woman and her children involved in a crash has sparked concerns about mental health. (FOX13Memphis.com/FOX13Memphis.com)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — video recorded on social media of a Tennessee woman and her children involved in a crash has sparked concerns about mental health.

Memphis police are investigating a crash that caused a car to overturn early Friday morning. Two children and one adult were taken to a hospital.

A Facebook Live video left some wondering if the woman involved in the crash was trying to commit suicide with her kids in the car.

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“I hate to take my baby girl’s life. You can’t trust everybody with the girls,” the woman, who has not been identified, said in the video.

The video appears to show a mother crying out for help while driving with her young children in the car. The woman could be seen holding a baby in her arms. Another child was in the passenger seat. It has been viewed by more than a million people.

“I can’t leave them here by themselves because my mama take good care of them, but I want to take somebody with me,” the woman in the video said. “I just can’t do it no more. I want this to be something quick like traffic is so thin right now. I want this to happen so quick. I’m about to go bye-bye.”

A post on the same Facebook page as the video later said in part, “I’m (OK) everybody and my girls are stable, just pray. I didn’t mean for this to happen like this.”

She went on to say she lost control when she went to reach for the phone.

Dr. Leon Freeman is the clinical services director for Youth Dimensions, an addiction treatment and recovery facility in Memphis. He said anxiety, depression and even the pandemic can lead to cases like this.

“Will I have a job? Those are the things that are impacting a lot of parents today and individuals, and one of the things we always tell people is when you get to a certain point where you feel like there is nothing else I can personally do, seek professional help,” Freeman said.

The mother, who appeared to be from north Mississippi according to her Facebook page, said she was upset with the man she was dating because he cheated.

Need help? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255