Two sisters, Dee and Colleen, have experienced their share of mental illness in their lives. Their family stories are the reasons they have passion around helping others, just like they have done for each other over the years – supporting each other through the tough times. Their mission “to bring peace and joy back to the lives of suicide survivors” is the reason for this community.
Growing up, the sisters experienced some hardships, but probably not as much as other folks. They always had a roof over their heads, food to eat and clothes to wear. Their Dad was a successful provider for the family and their Mom stayed home to care for them in the early days. Sounds like a ‘Leave it to Beaver’ type of situation, but beneath it all was a side nobody could see.
With depression, anxiety and schizophrenia in the family, Dee and Colleen are quite familiar with various forms of mental illness. Since their teen years, they have watched their Mom’s mental health deteriorate to her current state, where no amount of medication allows her to live a ‘normal’ life. They watched their Dad go in and out of a local mental health facility – once after his divorce, and again later in life around the time of being diagnosed with lung cancer, succumbing to the horrible disease only 8 months later. He was severely depressed.
These trials and tribulations are not any different from millions of other humans in this world. There are many folks with similar stories – some worse and some not so bad. Despite all of this, Dee and Colleen’s parents would be proud to see the responsible adults they have become. They watched their own children grow to young adulthood and support each other through the challenges of each stage of their childhood. The sister’s three children were close cousins, often hanging out together in the same friend group. Life was good, and their little family was thriving.
Tragedy struck with the untimely death of one of these cousins – a 20-year-old young man, Adam. This unfortunate event was so very difficult to endure for the entire family, along with everyone he touched in his lifetime. You see, Adam died by suicide, and that fact haunts the family to this day.
Healing has been a long journey and an important story to share. By creating this community forum, they are hoping others will also share personal stories of how they cope with the loss of a loved one to suicide. Although everyone handles grief in their own way, providing an online support system to share experiences can help in the healing process – help to bring peace and joy to those impacted by suicide.
Colleen’s son Adam was 20 years old when he made the decision to end his life. Everyone who knew him was devastated by his passing, and the world has not been the same since he left this earth. This website is dedicated to Adam as its inspiration and its purpose.