Good-morning readers! I’m going to talk today about a subject that most of us would prefer not to, but must.
I lost my 36-year-old son to suicide on February 21st, a day I will never forget because my life was also destroyed that day, along with his 2 children and everyone who loved him.

If you have a friend or family member who is suffering from this disease please reach out to them, and make sure they see a doctor and take their medication. My son self-medicated himself with Jack Daniel who is no friend of mine. If you think they might have thoughts of suicide, they probably do and need help. If you see a change in their attitude without seeking help they might already have a plan in mind. Suicide is the absence of hope. They feel that there will never be any peace for them, no happiness in life, and that their pain is too unbearable to go on. My son loved his children more than anything and was a wonderful father to them, but he still left.

Here is a few staggering facts:

Suicide Facts & Figures: United States 2019 Basic Facts On average, 129 Americans died by suicide each day. * 1.4 million Americans attempted suicide. * 90% of those who died by suicide had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death. Firearms accounted for more than half (51%) of all suicide deaths.

Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide in the world each year, which is roughly one death every 40 seconds. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-24 years. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Here are a sites that can help and give you better information:
I wish I could have prevented my own son’s death, but he planned it for 6 weeks. Receipts found after his death and the time table he executed to completion left no doubt. Don’t be fooled–they can be extremely clever and make plans for the future they don’t intend to keep.
I will live with half a heart forever–don’t join this horrible little club of fathers and mothers who have lost children.
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About Patrice Wilton

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about. Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages. She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience. Her best selling books are the CANDY BAR series, SERENDIPITY FALLS series, and most recently PARADISE COVE and A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION series. She is a New York Times best selling author.  View website


  1. I ache for you. When I see your son’s face I see a face not much different from my sons, they could easily be friends. And your statistics on suicide are frightening. How can so many people be suffering and how can we change this. I admire you for taking your son’s and families tragedy and working to prevent this happening to others.

    • Thank you Olga. I hope his death will help me reach others in need. But I’m suffering so much right now, that I’m not ready to become an advocate.

  2. You are in my thoughts Patrice! I dealt with many suicidal subjects when I was working in Law Enforcement. It’s overwhelming, and the despair is so intense for not only the ones who do it – but the family they leave behind. Hugs to you and thank you for bringing this subject up!

    • Thanks Stacy. I can imagine in your previous line of work that you’d come upon this frequently. The family left behind are left with shattered hearts and a pain that won’t end until they too, die.

  3. So sad, Patrice. Thanks for sharing. Lost my brother to it. My son in high school was talking about how difficult he was finding things and I reminded him of the Jews who survived the death camps, that no matter how bad life seems at the time, that people can live through it and come out on the other side with a wonderful life. He later told me he was considering suicide at the time, and that that helped.

    • Nancy – I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother and that your son is having a hard time. My daughter is devastated at losing Rhys, she loved him so much. We all did. It’s unbearable to think I’ll never see his sweet face or hear his voice, or get a hug from him ever again. And my heart breaks even more at what he did to his two beautiful daughters.

  4. What are brave lady you are, Patrice, to share the most intimate sorrow you’ve had to endure for the benefit of others – You will save another’s life, I know it in my heart. Gentle hugs, my friend.

    • Thank you Susan. I want the world to know how much I love him and how devastating it is to lose your precious child. And hopefully people will understand that depression is a very ugly disease, and sometimes they hide it and don’t seek help. He didn’t have to die. He could have gone to a doctor and got anti-depressants. Now I’m on them instead.

  5. After all you’ve suffered, you’re so brave to attempt this discussion, Patrice. And I for one, am thankful that you have. These days, so many people have lost a friend or a friend of a friend or even a family member because of depression. It’s chronic, difficult to treat and can affect almost anyone at any age… terrifying. I’m praying your message might have appeared for someone at just the time they needed to see it. Thank you for leaving your safe place to try and help.
    Love you, lady.

    • Thank you so much Mimi. And you hit the nail on the head. It’s everywhere. The world is not a safe place anymore and stress is a normal thing. Depression is terrifying, and so often they keep it inside until it erupts. All they need to do is go to a doctor and get help. I’m now taking anti-depressants that my son should have had. I love him so much.

  6. Patrice, I remember when you made that announcement to us. As a mother, I could imagine how heartbroken you were but also how brave of you to tell us. Today, again I’m so proud of your bravery in writing this post. Depression is still something people feel they have to hide. I had a friend who suffered from clinical depression for years until she finally sought professional help. Her son, also depressed, never would go to a doctor even though she urged him constantly to do so. He subsequently committed suicide.

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss, Patrice. Suicide has reached alarming stats all over the world, and it’s sad because people feel there’s no way out. What happened to your son is a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to you and those beautiful little girls. 🙁

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