By: Cierra Putman
A Midland mother is speaking out about the loss of her son to suicide. Her goal now is to prevent other families from going through the same thing.
"When Ted took his life, it was like a dense ball of pain exploded in him and sent shards of that pain into all of us," Anne Tyson said. "Everyone who loved him."
Tyson's son, Ted, took his life 15 years ago while in college. Like many families, her family didn't see the signs.
"You know we didn't see Ted on a day-to-day basis to know the immediate things that were going on in his life," she said.
Tyson believes her son was battling depression.
"People jump to immediate reasons; they lost a job, they failed a test, they lost a boyfriend or girlfriend," Tyson said. "All of those things can be triggers, but usually the underlying causes deal mostly with depression."
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says nearly 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric illness.
More than 34,000 people kill themselves each year. While the signs aren't always there: some to watch for include changes in behavior and speech, signs of depression including rage and hopelessness and of course the discussion of suicide.
"I think the important thing with suicide is take everything seriously," Certified Physician's Assistant, Paul Medina, said.
Since family members and friends of suicide victims are more likely to take their own life, Tyson urges them to get help as well whether through counseling or a local suicide support group.
"You can survive, you know that in the beginning you don't feel like it, at least I didn't feel like I could," Tyson said. "But I've learned that I can through the grace of God and the strength and support of other people."
Here are several links and phone numbers to get help:
Meets every 3rd Monday of every month
At Rays of Hope – 900 West Wall
Crystal Bowen, 432-682-2855, firstname.lastname@example.org
Permian Basin Community Centers for Mental Health