An 11-year-old writes a letter after her father’s suicide

To Suicide

You have torn my family apart
Leaving all with broken hearts
Our hearts still missing pieces and parts.
Tears flows as days go by

I still don’t understand why
I really try not to be sad
I am still feeling bad inside.

This poem was written by an 11-year-old girl who lost her father to suicide. Sara Gaer, a suicide prevention advocate who focuses on first responders and preventing men’s suicide, shared this with me and it’s posted with permission from the 11-year-old’s mother.

Please stop, listen to that gut feeling that something doesn’t sound right. Then ask the question, “Are you thinking of suicide?” Think about families who have lost someone to suicide. Be there six months later, a year later, two years later.

Your best asset for preventing suicide? Your ears. Listening with empathy and without judgement is the most important thing you can do.

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

7 thoughts on “An 11-year-old writes a letter after her father’s suicide”

  1. Thank you for your kind words. My daughter wrote this poem and blindsided me by her compassionate understanding and empathy surrounding the situation at such a young age. I was particularly
    struck by her lack of “assigning “blame to anything other than the act itself. She was not made aware of the circumstances surrounding my husband’s death until recently and I could not be more proud of her response. She has chosen to turn her pain and sadness into a vehicle of positive self expression with the hope of helping other children who may be hurting and affected by such a tragic loss.

    1. It’s just an incredible how she articulated her feelings in this poem. I’m so honored to share it and I hope you will share this post. It deserves attention. I know you must be very proud of her. And it is remarkable how she doesn’t blame her dad for being ill but like you said, the disease itself.

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