I had planned on writing about something else, but changed my mind after a phone call from a friend today. Her nephew is in great need of your kind regards and prayers right now. Because today, this young 23 year old is considering the taking of his own life.
He’s suffers from depression and ADHD and is in therapy, but he’s struggling. And she’s very worried.
It’s one of those dark concerns we all have, but don’t really talk about, as it becomes more and more common to know someone touched by depression and suicide. According to Save, suicide is the third leading cause of death for kids 15-24 years old. It’s the 11th leading cause of death in the U.S. (homicide ranks behind at 15th), according to the CDC. On top of that, WebMD reports that there may be a connection between ADHD and depression and suicide attempts.
Certainly, my friend’s story also strikes a personal chord for me, as I still carry childhood pain from a family member’s multiple talks and attempts of suicide. Not to mention my heart goes out as a mother of teens myself.
I don’t have more details about this young man, and I do not know him personally. I do know that his family is doing everything they can for him. And that everyone is hurting.
My friend asked if I would please pass the word and ask my friends to pray too. So I extend the request to you. Please keep this young man, my friend and their family in your thoughts tonight and through this trying time for him.