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September 10, 2017

Today marks day one of Suicide Prevention Week 2017. Having lost my precious 16-year-old son T.J. to suicide almost 7 years ago, suicide prevention has become my life’s work. The more involved I become in mental health advocacy and suicide prevention, the more I unders...

April 11, 2017

I was reading a book titled, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul  Kalanithi. Sadly, Paul died at 36 of cancer. In the book’s epilogue, his wife stated “What happened to Paul WAS tragic, but he was NOT a tragedy.” 

This quote really resonated with me because, while T.J....

April 3, 2017

Project Semicolon

Dealing with a brain disorder like depression or anxiety is often a lifelong journey. There is no quick fix or miracle cure. Sometimes, every minute can seem like a battle for your life, but for those who seek treatment there can be relief and days of...

February 14, 2017

On December 1, 2010 my out-going, intelligent, sensitive athletic 16-year-old son T.J. killed himself. I feel it was important to speak out about suicide and the vast number of people it claims every year. Every 13 minutes, someone dies by suicide.

Prior to losing my pr...

September 23, 2015

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. September is also the month my precious son T.J. was born. Today would have been T.J.’s 21st birthday. And anyone who knew T.J. knows it would have been a celebration of tremendous proportions.  T.J. was funny,...

December 1, 2014

Today marks 4 years since T.J. left this earth. Today marks 4 years since T.J. died by suicide. His death has left a void so vast there are no words to describe it.  That saying, “time heals all wounds,” just isn’t true. The gaping wound of loss that rips open your sou...

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