I apologize if this thread doesnt belong in General Discussion. But because it reflects on the President Biden White House I thought Id use this category.
On 1/27/2022 my precious son took his own lifehe was 25. I was absolutely destroyed (still am) and was trying desperately to find a place to run to, to hide, to stop the pain. But there was/is no where to go.
This may sound idiotic but I thought of President Joe Biden and all the grief he has had in his life. How he would talk about his losses (wife, daughter, Beau) and try to comfort others experiencing loss. I thought I wish I could talk to someone like Joe Biden. So in desperation I wrote an email via the WhiteHouse.gov website. I poured out my heart but never expected a reply.
A couple of weeks after I sent my email I was sitting outside on my porch in absolute despair and agony. Sobbing. Then I see a call from someone in Reno, NV. Normally Id let a call I dont recognize go to voicemail but for some reason I answered. Someone asked Is this ( my first name) ? I answered yes, who is this?. The person answered This is The White House. Im calling about the email you sent about your son.
No, it wasnt Joe Biden himself but someone working for the Biden administration. The person on the phone talked to me for over 45 minutes. Let me talk about my son as well as tried to help me find resources in my area for support. The person I was talking to wasnt perfunctory...they were real. They would have let me talk forever. The part about finding resources for me didnt happen until the very end of the call. The majority was just this person allowing me to talk about my son.
Amazing. I miss my son desperately. I will NEVER be the same. But to have a White House that would read an email out of the hundreds of thousands, and give me a call personally, that meant so much.
I wrote that my 25-year old son committed suicide 1/27/2022. I am still reeling from overwhelming grief and GUILT I didnt know how much pain he was in. I didnt see the signs. I torture myself knowing he felt so worthless that the world be better off without him. He was the KINDEST person I know. A truly special kid who made it a point to ask me and his dad how we were doingevery day. How could he think he was worthless?
Well, my daughter just texted me tonight that a teammate of hers committed suicide today. 23. Played on my daughters team at college (dont want to give too many details to protect privacy)
This girl was super outgoing, an amazing athlete, seemed amazingly confident, and always looked out for the underdog (bench players) on the team. LAST person I would have considered to be contemplating suicide.
Our mental health care SUCKS. I am heartbroken. WTF are we doing?
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