Amber Portwood’s Suicide Attempt Means It's Time to Pull 'Teen Mom'

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She's facing trial for domestic violence against her boyfriend, there are nude photos of her circling the Internet, and she lost custody of her daughter a month ago. I don't know about you, but I'm not entirely shocked to hear that Teen Mom star Amber Portwood may have attempted suicide today.

According to RadarOnline, this morning Portwood was rushed to St. Johns Hospital in her hometown of Indiana, where Portwood reportedly told the staff that she had overdosed on pills. 

It was her on-again, off-again boyfriend Gary Shirley who became worried about her after a troubling phone conversation and sent his mother to check on Portwood. That's when she was discovered unconscious on a couch and, according to some reports, in addition to having swallowed a cocktail of pills, she had a rope around her neck.

Portwood has been stabilized and is presumably now receiving treatment, but I can't imagine it's going to be an easy road to recovery at this point. At just 21 years old, this young mom has so many troubles, it's hard to even know where to start.

Here's one suggestion, though. How about saying goodbye to Teen Mom? Because it seems like this show brings nothing but heartache to the kids-having-kids it focuses on. Portwood is due to appear in the third season of Teen Mom, and preview clips already make it seem like the series is continuing to capitalize on her struggles. Despite her hopeful claim that the new season will show her "looking to start new," one ad for the show gleefully captures a fight between Portwood and Shirley as she curses in front of their daughter.


"Watch your mouth, before I take Leah from you!" Shirley snaps to Portwood on camera. You know, just the sort of parental conversation that should be aired to over 5 million viewers.


We can't know what all led to Portwood's state of hopeless depression that culminated in this morning's actions, but I think it's time for MTV to rethink what they're doing to the troubled girls they continue to exploit for Teen Mom. I know they aren't the ones making the bad choices for the cast members, but these kids need help so they become responsible parents. Cameras and insta-fame can do no good.


What are your thoughts on Amber Portwood's cry for help? Do you think Teen Mom has anything to do with how she's turned out?



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harym... harymarshman

I don't think she should be on there anymore as she needs help. The girls who are doing well should be allowed to stay on the show, it's great income for their families, but Amber needs help. If they don't want to kick her off the show, the producers should use the show to make her get help. "Look we don't want to kick you off the show, but you need help. We aren't going to continue with you unless you seek treatment." type of deal.

meatb... meatball77

Agreed with the first poster.  She needs to be pulled from the show, they can replace her with someone else.  There can't be much of a show if she doesn't have custody of her kid.


I don't know that she's any worse off (or her child) than she would have been without the cameras.

Paula Harshbarger Swift

Where the heck is Amber's own mother in all this?!?!?!?!?    If she were my child, I'd be intervening like crazy....

Paula Harshbarger Swift

Also - in whether or not to pull her...  isn't part of the point of the show to relay how difficult it is to be a single, teen mom?   If all they show are the ones who are doing so great, then that will tell other young women that seeking pregnancy at that age isn't so bad....   Yes, this may cross the line, but perhaps her struggles will be helpful to others make better decisions.

MrsNe... MrsNewman

I don't think it's MTV's fault that she has issues. You could tell from the start that she was unstable, and it has nothing to do with the show. She needs help, and lots of it. 

Nancy... NancyJ422

I think it has EVERYTHING to do with the show - EVERYTHING.  If this show didn't exist, if she wasn't on it, she would be living her life, struggling sure with her child and her baby daddy but she wouldn't be doing it in the public eye.  You don't think that the way she acts and the decisions ALL of them make are the same as if there was no camera in their face?  Please.

Katie... Katie1025

The whole show should be canceled. I don't think this is the number one reason why Amber is acting like this, but it's probably contributing significantly. She needs help, end of story.

nonmember avatar Sam

I think Amber should be pulled from the show, for sure. I just feel so sad for her. The other girls aren't self-destructing and losing their kids - a few bad decisions, maybe, but not Amber's level of self-destruction. She is a total mess and I just wonder, where is her mother? Her father is not well, I remember from the show - she just needs some serious support and help. I honestly think she wanted to do better for Leah but got dragged down with her own issues. People forget - these girls are so young. They are going to screw up. I'm not interested in watching her self-destruct, or Jenelle on Teen Mom 2, for that matter.

Tia Case

I had never seen the show until last week. It was late and I was weak and I saw it on netflix. And well it kinda makes me sad to hear this because she seemed like she was really trying to get her shit together in season 1. Now excuse me while I search for season 2 :)

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