I was in the operating room that April 6, 1994, when my baby cried for the first time and a nurse carried her from the bloody body of my wife, Melinda, to a pan.
My daughter, Martha, died of being bipolar, but I do not think of bipolarity as a disease. I think of it as a gift, and I am proud of her for staying true to it to the end.
Though I argued in my last post that a key question to ask a suicidal person is what he or she values more than life, I never thought to ask Martha this. So I do not know for sure what she would have said. But I suspect she might have said nobility.
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors is a wonderful website for people like me who have lost someone to suicide.
Because my daughter, Martha Corey-Ochoa, died of suicide at eighteen, I am obviously the last person in the world to give advice on how to prevent suicide: I tried and I failed.
Many of Martha's friends and teachers knew about her mental illness, but because mental illness still carries a stigma, she had a dilemma when the time came to apply to colleges,
It's been a week since I announced this site to the world, and already it's had more than 300 visitors.