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|Dad(R) with brother Raymond (L) and Sister Edna(center)|
This year my Dad, Ward E. Barton, committed suicide 6 days before his 73rd birthday.
|My Dad and me|
This year I lost my Dad. Six words that still make me cry after saying them, typing them or writing them. I had to say those six words over and over again as I notified friends, family, banks, retirement boards, insurance companies...the list goes on and on. It is those six words that I wish I did not believe were true.
|Dad and me at Halloween and Easter. My brother Andrew and me with Dad. |
My Dad was my hero when I was a young girl. He could fix anything. He could build anything. He was strong. He was funny. People loved him. He was a Railroad Engineer and a good one! He loved us the best he could. He worked very hard and he played very hard.
He always had us on a boat, fishing off a pier or on the beach. He taught me how to cut bait, take a fish off the line, run a boat among many things. I still do bait my own hooks and can tie a rig on my line so it won't fall off! He taught me how to skin squirrels and clean a gun. I never felt good around guns. They always made me very very uneasy. Unless he was the one handling it. He was very smart about guns and always kept his equipment in tip top condition...whether it was a fishing pole or a rifle.
|My Brother Andrew , Dad and Mom|
|I love this picture. I sent Dad a Bible and he was so excited.|
After Dad retired many of his coworkers, family and neighbors passed away. He really took that so hard. He had a love for the "drink" and would often get himself into messes, yet always seemed to pull the boot straps back up.
When I got the call that my Dad had shot himself I was numb. It did not surprise me that he used a gun to end his life. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to sit there and do what he did.
|Dad was a "jack of all trades" but this haircut bothered Zac!|
|Dad and I at Christmas. I have his wavy hair.|
|Cora and her Pawpaw|
My Dad. Short in stature....big in personality. I miss him. When I look at Cora's big blue eyes I see my Dad's eyes...blue with a glint of "hey I am up to something " in them.
|I think my Dad wanted Zac to have this toy more than Zac wanted to have this toy! :)|
So. I walk the walk in September. I am collecting donations. I am blogging to share my story and hoping that if we all become educated about depression and suicide we can CURE IT! But the stigma of mental illness is a shroud. It's time for that to be removed.
here is a quick video explaining the walk. Showing who walks and why we should all be aware of depression and suicide. thank you for watching.
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Will you make a donation today? Here is the link to go directly to my fundraising page~!
Here are some facts that I think you need to know!
WALK TO SAVE LIVES
IN THE UNITED STATES, a person dies by suicide every 13.7 minutes, claiming more than 38,000 lives each year. It is estimated that an attempt is made every minute; with close to one million people attempting suicide annually. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. among adults 18-65, and the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults. The suicide rate among U.S. military members rose sharply in 2012, with an average of one suicide per day
WALK TO HONOR LOVED ONES
Suicide is a public health issue that does not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity, or socio- economic status, and it takes an enormous toll on family, friends, co-workers, and the entire community. AFSP provides opportunities for survivors of suicide loss to get involved through a wide variety of educational, outreach, awareness, advocacy and fundraising programs.
WALK TO RAISE FUNDS
A contribution to AFSP is a good investment! More than 82 cents of every dollar you raise can be used to:
- Educate the public about mental disorders and suicide prevention
- Fund scientific research
- Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
- Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation
- Offer educational programs for professionals
When you walk in AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people in hundreds of cities to raise funds and awareness for AFSP’s vision to create a world without suicide.
The importance of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s mission has never been greater, nor its work more urgent
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|This is Mr. Jim (L) Zachary and my Stepfather Pat (R) Mr. Jim took his life in 2009. We miss you too Jim.|