Thursday, 07 November 2013
Andrew was a typical younger brother. He tried to annoy my brothers and me as much as possible but secretly looked up to us. He was a comedian and kids loved being around him because of his wacky sense of humor.
When Andrew began showing signs of depression, I could relate to what he was experiencing. I also suffered from depression while in high school. It wasn't until I told my parents and started receiving clinical care that the dark cloud hovering over me was lifted.
Last summer, Andrew's depression worsened. He started to withdraw from family and friends. His grades plummeted. My parents, brothers, and I all tried reaching out to him, but Andrew denied that there was anything wrong. While on a family vacation with us, he died by suicide. Andrew was only 17 years old.
I think about how differently his life could have turned out, if only he had accepted help. Those thoughts motivated me to become a speaker with Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA).
Families for Depression Awareness has helped me to heal and has given me the opportunity to share our family story with other people. FFDA's teen and family programs provide actionable education and training to thousands of people who desperately need it. FFDA is also in the process of creating a new service: one-on-one care consultations for families.
You are an integral part of our mission to help families recognize and cope with depressive disorders to get people well and prevent suicides. I hope that you will consider making a gift this year to ensure that FFDA can continue educating families and develop the new care consultation service.
Your gift makes it possible for others to receive the guidance they need to support someone they love. We can't go back in time and save Andrew, but we could save the life of someone just like him.
With Warm Regards,
Family Speaker, Families for Depression Awareness
P.S. Every $50 you give helps FFDA educate ten more families. Your donation is tax-deductible.