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updated 3/28/2005 12:31:51 PM ET 2005-03-28T17:31:51

Folk singer Judy Collins discussed her son’s suicide and her own experience trying to overdose on pills at a conference on preventing suicide among young people.

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Collins spoke Thursday at the Saving Tomorrows Today conference about her son Clark’s death in 1992 at the age of 33.

“His death has been a catalyst,” Collins said. “It has been about breaking open the secrets that have been in this family.”

Collins, the author of “Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength,” acknowledged his struggles with depression and addiction, but also recalled his love of music and for his daughter.

Collins, who was a gifted child musician, also said she once tried to overdose on pills. She was 14 years old when the demands of her father seemed overwhelming.

Her father wrote her an apology letter, but the suicide attempt was not otherwise discussed.

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