My biggest fear as an attorney representing families of students with special needs is losing a student to suicide. To date I have not lost one. Currently, we are on the cusp of the long, dark months of winter, in which many suppose that the risk of suicide increases around the holiday season when persons who are isolated or without strong social support systems may be more vulnerable to attempting suicide. Somewhat surprisingly, however, the risk for death by suicide increases not in the winter months but in the spring, according to the CDC. For those of us who suffer from depression, the bright promise of spring and summer only serves to exacerbate symptoms. And for those who suffer from this darkness, summer and springtime can be deadly. And our youth are not immune to this troubling trend.