“I felt like I failed God.”
In this episode Kevin Fischer speaks about suicide, not just as the Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Michigan (NAMI), but as a father still reeling from the shock and pain of losing his own son to suicide. His candid and honest interview is a plea to those considering harming themselves to seek help from the services NAMI of Michigan provides or from elsewhere.
“Every day now I have to wonder when he stepped off that chair with that strap around his neck, was there one moment where he wanted to turn back and say, ‘Dad, I need you now’, and I wasn’t there?” The death of Mr. Fischer’s son by suicide left him with so many overwhelming feelings of grief, guilt, and loss that he began considering suicide, himself. This week he shares how he has learned to heal.
“Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, but is the ONLY cause of death that’s actually been increasing in the last 15 years.” Dr. Brian Ahmedani, Director of Psychiatry Research of the Henry Ford Health System, also weighs in on this episode to help explain that suicide is a more common, and a more pressing national issue than you may have thought.