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‘How did I not see the signs? We made it to the children’s psych ward. I wanted to kiss the boo boos away, but I couldn’t.’: In the wake of 12-year-old daughter’s ‘suicide plan,’ mom says we can’t be ‘the perfect parent’ no matter how hard we try

“The doctor comes in. ‘Can I speak with you in private?’ I feel on the verge of a panic attack, but I simply smile and follow her to the nurse’s station. ‘So, what do you feel is going on?’ I explain the events of the phone call from school. She says, ‘We have no choice but to admit your daughter. She has a clear plan to commit suicide.’ My stomach is in knots.”

‘Our marriage was over. I found out things about him that left me devastated. I was raised in a home where divorce didn’t happen.’: Mom overcomes divorce and alcoholism with 2 years of sobriety

“I called a guy on the phone. He was like, ‘are you drunk?’ I said, ‘no,’ and my friends started laughing. Here I was, 24 years old, single mom of 2 boys and working 2 jobs. I was hurting and every chance I got I went to bars and drank more than I should have. I was in self-destruct mode.”

‘No, this can’t be happening. This can’t be real!’ My son hung himself. Never would I have thought suicide would cross his mind.’: Mom’s powerful plea after 10-year-old attempts suicide

“She went to open the door, but it was locked. I will never forget the way she screamed. My heart jumped in my throat. He was dark purple, on his knees leaning forwards. ‘My baby boy is gone!,’ I screamed. My mom had gotten him to breathe again, but he was struggling. I should have seen these warning signs, I should have known, but I didn’t!”

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