The last 4 and a half hours were spent with a few of his close friends at our home, eating, drinking, hugging, laughing, talking and sharing ideas about working together and organizing events in order to raise awareness of mental health issues and generate funds for mental health charities.
I can’t remember having such a creative and fun time with his friends ever before. One of them commented, ”There can be no silver lining but I am so glad I have gotten to know you guys so well over the last few months.” Us too.
At a recent support group meeting one parent described bereavement by suicide as a huge concrete block that has landed in our living room. Initially it is just there all the time and all we can do is look at it. There is no way of getting around it. Slowly we make adjustments to be able to move about despite it being in the way. Eventually little plants start growing from underneath it. That is what is happening. Over time may be these plants will bear flowers and fruits. May be they will form a garden. But the concrete block will always be there, in our living room and our life.
“I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good things I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
The need for raising more awareness was further highlighted by this story of a young athlete, Madison, who hid her struggles and her illness behind her gorgeous instagram pictures. She tragically ended her life at the age of 19. Everytime I hear a story like this, my heart breaks, yet again.