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My Reflections on ‘Do You Know Who Died?’ – NYTimes.com

Warning you will cry…after reading this beautiful, heartbreaking essay by a mother who just six weeks ago lost her college age son to suicide. I have to think the writing and reaching out she’s doing is offering a drop of healing. Her essay includes a link to a site about her son, Spencer, whose picture I’ve posted.

We don’t know the particulars of Spenser’s demons…But this mother’s story reminds us that a mom may know her child is in trouble, as I suspect Celia, the writer, knew about Spenser, but she can’t necessarily stop him from giving up, especially when the child is over 18. Another reason for treating any signs or symptoms of mental health issues early–and not waiting. As I’ve learned from my two sons, college is a very tough place for a young man or woman to be with mental health challenges.

The other issue that this brings to the forefront is of course suicide prevention. Let’s all commit to learning what we can do. Here is a resource….the oldest suicide hotline in the U.S. — Their website has help for parents who fear their son or daughter may be considering suicide…and you can call their hotline toll-free from anywhere… http://www.sfsuicide.org/

It’s the kind of story that makes you hug your child a little longer or pick up the phone to check in if they’re on their own. And that’s a good thing. My heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to this mother.

‘Do You Know Who Died?’ – NYTimes.com.

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