CSR and Engagement Pro. Suicide Prevention activist. Exceptional Tee-Ball Coach.
I had been a teenager for nearly three days when my mother took her life.
I didn’t know anyone who had died by suicide, and neither did anyone else in my hometown of fewer than 3,000 people…
“Fellas,” I said in a tone far too serious for a baseball coach addressing 12-year-old boys, “in baseball — and in life — it always comes down to who wants it more.”
When a friend mentions the bullying epidemic in America, you tell them you feel for kids these days. It’s not a thing you dealt with growing up. If anything, your classmates were especially gentle.
If I put together a team of people whose opinions impact the way I go about my business, my grandfather would be the captain. Last week, at my grandmother’s [REDACTED]th birthday party, he pulled me aside to talk about my work in suicide prevention.
When I walked off the stage after talking about my experience with suicide loss at the Kansas City Out of the Darkness Walk, a…