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On March 15, 1999, my son, Trey, took
his life. He was only thirteen years old
and in the eighth grade.
I often come back to the unfinished business
of what Trey was thinking and feeling that led
to his suicide. I have tried to put the pieces
of the puzzle together, thinking that if I had
just one more bit of information, everything
would fall into place and I would be able to
exclaim, “That’s it!”
After many years of research, however, I have
learned that both individual and cultural factors
lead to a young person’s vulnerability to suicide.
Ultimately, I have realized that out of tragedy
can come awareness.