Valley woman spreads message about suicide awareness

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and a mother in the Valley is taking her message of suicide awareness to the kids.  

LeAnn Hull says it’s a topic no one wants to talk about. After she lost her son to suicide in December, Hull wants to start the conversation.  

Hull says her 16-year-old son, Andy, was a positive kid.  He was well adjusted, happy, and a great athlete.  He played on the baseball team at Sandra Day O’Connor High School and was being scouted by the major leagues.  

During the summer before his junior year, Andy started taking generic Accutane for his acne. He took the medicine for just four months, but in those four months, Hull started to see changes.

“He would lose focus of where he was at. He would call me and say he was lost driving around town. He couldn't remember where he was. Honestly again, I didn't think anything of those things,” Hull said.

Then on Dec.11, 2012, Andy came home from school early. He left after second period, went to lunch, then he came home and shot himself in his bedroom. 

“That rocked my world then. I could then look back and in retrospect I could see some of the warning signs,” said Hull.

Side effects of Accutane include depression, psychosis, and suicide. Hull said Andy’s dermatologist turned the case over to the FDA saying Andy’s death was a direct result of Accutane. 

Now LeAnn is trying to prevent other children from meeting this same fate. Just nine months after Andy’s death, she’s started a foundation in his honor called Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation.  Its slogan is “You Matter”.  

Hull wants kids to know they matter and can find help with depression and suicidal thoughts.  The Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation is holding a baseball tournament Nov. 23 and 24 to raise money for scholarships. 

Hull hopes to raise $10,000 to give 10 $1,000 scholarships to students in what would have been Andy’s graduating class as they set off for college.  For more information visit