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.
DEPRESSION IS A CURABLE DISEASE, DEATH IS NOT.
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: https://www.crisistextline.org/suicide?msclkid=876419f74dbd14e425fa47e06371a387
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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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.