During the month of May, I’m one of many authors participating in the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. When I heard about this 1click4charity event, I didn’t have to think about whether or not it was something I wanted to support.
You see, fourteen years ago, I got the phone call no one wants to get when my only brother, Johnnie, took his own life. He was in the middle of a nasty divorce, and we knew he was having a difficult time. But never did we realize how depressed he was. I lived in Indianapolis then, my sisters and mother in Palm Beach, and Johnnie was living in Charleston. Because we weren’t seeing him every day, we just didn’t know how bad it had gotten for him. I think he was in the ninth grade when this picture was taken, and looking at it now, his eyes seem sad. Was he already having bouts of depression?
Later, we learned that he’d tried to end his life several weeks before by sitting in a car with the engine running in his garage. A friend stopped by to see him and was in time to stop it. I wish that friend had called one of us to let us know how serious the situation had become, but he didn’t. I also wish my brother had reached out to anyone of us, but I’m guessing he didn’t want his family to know how messed up he was. We were left wishing we’d done so many things differently.
I know this isn’t a normal Embracing Romance post and has nothing to do with romance, but I wanted to let you know about the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. My favorite word in the name of this charity is “prevention”. If you want to help, all you have to do is buy a book from anyone on the list that I’m going to give you a link to. Each author is donating a portion of their earnings for the month of May for any book on the list, which includes my book, Someone Like Her.
Click here for a list of all the authors and their books. #1CLICK4CHARITY