In this special contribution to Parade Magazine, Melissa shares the story of her mother’s suicide and how that tragedy has shaped her life. She reflects on how the suicide almost crushed her spirit and the decade-long crisis of faith she experienced thereafter. Melissa highlights the various lessons that decade taught her and how losing her mother to suicide ultimately taught her how to live.
Expanding on Melissa’s article, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has shared some incredibly helpful information on Parade.com including suicide risk factors and warning signs as well as how to help a loved one or get help for yourself.
And, on November 4, Melissa hosted a live Facebook chat with Parade Magazine and AFSP where people asked questions about suicide and shared personal stories as well. View the chat thread here.