Our mission we have chosen to accept is to spread awareness of prevention resources for suicide.
We are trying to help break the stigma of talking about suicide. Those of us who have traveled through the darkness and survived have a responsibility to other suffering theough the darkness now to share our stories and show them that there is a light at the end.
We all know that it is not easy to talk about what is more then likely the worst time of our lives. But if we do not start the conversation then how are those going through the worst time in their life now going to know that it is ok to talk to others or ask for help?
I am 42 year old father of 4 wonderful children. But at one point in my life I thought I was never going to see the age of 18. There were a number of factors in this thought but the biggest factor was that I had attempted to commit suicide on 3 different occasions before my 18th Birthday. I thought that life was never going to get better and that I was doomed to live this repeated cycle of bad things happening to me. If I ever began to feel happy something would come in and take it from me.
Over the last 25 years i have not had many thoughts of suicide but the thought has crept in from time to time. But being open with the topic of suicide has helped in a big way to keep those thoughts at bay.
Ride or Die 22 was created in September 2018 because a really close friend committed suicide out of what seem like the blue. He was 41 years old and married with 2 children, had a great job and financially stable. He didn’t leave a note or anything with a reason so we will never know exactly what he was dealing with that he felt he could not discuss with his family or friends. I spoke with him on the phone just hours before he took his life and I replay that conversation over and over in my head trying to see what I missed but can not see anything.
At that moment we decided that we would start this mission to not lose another loved one to suicide by spreading awareness of resources and the importance of checking in with those you love to make sure they are ok. Even when it seems that they are ok we still need to be asking if they are doing ok and if need be ask the tough question “Are you thinking of committing suicide?”