On October 18, 2012, I received a phone call saying that my husband's cousin, Matt, had made the decision to take his own life. My heart dropped to my stomach as I was the one that needed to call my husband and inform him of this. Matt was an only child, he was a father, a husband, a cousin, a nephew, an uncle and a friend. He was absolutely hilarious and we often considered him to be the "ice breaker" at our family functions because when he was there, there wasn't any awkwardness.
He was the absolute last person we'd ever think would get to the point where he no longer wanted to live.
Suicide is often related to "emotional teenagers" or those who seek attention, but the reality is that it can happen to ANYONE. Without knowing the signs and without making it possible for people to reach out and get help, people like Matt, who have everything to live for, will continue to chose an irreversible fate. There is still so much to learn about mental illness and this walk raises money not only for research but to be able to provide resources to those suffering from a mental illness and to families who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
I wasn't sure about posting this here but I wanted to spread the word and bring awareness. There is so much shame associated with suicide and there shouldn't be. We shouldn't be ashamed of how Matt died but should use that to help promote change. "Be the Change you want to see in this world" is something that I've found to have real meaning and I want to be apart of that change.
If you can help us raise money please follow the link below and support our team. Even donated $1 will help us take one more step towards preventing another family from going through the immense grief associated with suicide.
This is about bringing light to a very dark place and giving people (both those suffering from depression or from a loss) HOPE!
If you are having suicidal thoughts or are in need of resources please visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention