You never think that this can happen in your family, let alone to your own child. Even less so when your family is cohesive and thriving and your precious child strong, healthy, smart, ambitious, and popular.
"Suicide? Who does that?"
I recall asking myself this question, among dozens and dozens of others to which I could not find answers that made sense to me.
A devastating, chameleon-like illness that can surface intermittently
Depression can attack brutally aggressively. This was the case for Jonah. On December 16th, 2009, in an impulsive moment of anger, and despair, he took his own life. Jonah had just turned 17 years-old on November 14, 2009.
Here is what my family would like your family to know:
When a person struggles with a depressive disorder, the unthinkable becomes a possibility.
And in the most unfortunate of circumstances, my son, your daughter completes a suicide. We as a community do not understand the seriousness and consequences of depression. We must try harder. We must challenge the ignorance and remove the stigma around mental illness.
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CONTACT of Mercer County, NJ
Call to speak with a highly trained,
Volunteers are present:
8am - 10pm / 7 days a week
(609) 896-2120 or (609) 585-2244
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call anytime, day or night.
1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Lifeline Crisis Chat