When I was 5 years old, my father died from suicide. It was hard for everyone, especially my mom, who was left to raise 2 young children at only 28 years old. For 5 years, I was going to see a doctor, so that I wouldn't do the same thing to myself, but the support from family and playing sports helped me move on, and almost forget what happened to my father.
After his death, no one in my family spoke about suicide. EVER. Suicide is a sensitive topic for anyone, but its even harder for those are directly affected by it. In my family, in particular, the slightest conversation about my father's suicide could trigger memories of that tragic day, so we said nothing. But as I got older and matured, I realized that I would NO LONGER BE SILENT and that I'm going to use my story to help someone and hopefully prevent anyone from experiencing what I have to live with. 🙏🏾💜💙 #Suicide #SuicidePrevention #SuicideAwareness #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #MentalIllness