My son Michael T. Bond was born 5-24-1970 and died by commiting suicide 7-5-1996. I truly believe he is up in heaven with God and he is missed by everyone that loved him and by all of those that he touched during his short life. His suicide broke the hearts those that he left behind who can't understand why he did it and a son that is having many problems because of his decision to take his life
Anyone thinking about commiting suicide to end problems that they are having or that knows someone who is should help them see all the blessings they may have that they do not count that many have never had on this page
Michael was a son I loved and was proud of, I only wish that I had told him these things more than I did. It is only when you lose something in your life that you find out what is important. I could've had more memories, he would have heard what I had felt if I told him, I loved him more often.
His mother and I were divorced before his birth and she remarried again. This is the reason for his last name being Bond. I missed so much in his life before he died and I've wished many times since he died.. that.. I could change things I did while he was alive I didn't do
In life, we all will have sad days or problems that we all have to face and on the day that Michael died, it was one of my sad days. I'd saw him two days before suicide and I got no indication he had problems. He laughed and joked and he told me, he wanted to start spending more of time with me and he was checking out truck driving jobs in local area where I lived. He had a son he loved in pictures and I can't think of any reasons why he would commit suicide.
Michael was loving and giving to all who knew him during his life he liked to make people laugh and pulling pranks when he could. He always smiled and enjoyed a good laugh and was always happy on the outside. He touched so many in his short life with his positive attitude and strong faith in God. He often said he'd like to be a minister and help others and
like most divoiced parents, things in my personal life conflicted with all the times we might have spent together. Times he had wanted to come visit me, if I was busy or had plans, he'd said, "I understand".
It's too late to do what I could've done then. God blessed him with good singing voice and the ability to play many instruments. If he'd lived, he would be here now to help me work on this site.
If you took time to read above, I hope it will keep you from making mistakes with your child I made with mine and if your child ever reaches out to you, hear what they say, put your arms around them to show them how you feel because nothing in life is more important than love to a child.
Some suicide facts
For every 2 homicides in the U.S. there're 3 suicides every hour and 45 minutes and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college students and third leading cause of death among youth (ages 15-24). Teen, and youth suicide rates have tripled since 1970.
What a parent need to know is
suicide is approaching epidemic proportions and that it is currently the third leading cause of death among teenagers living in the USA. It is estimated that 300 to 400 teen suicides will occur each year in Los Angeles County; this is equivalent to 1 teenager lost every day. Evidence indicates for every suicide, that there will be 50 to 100 attempts at suicide.
Suicide risk factors:
90% of young suicide victims have had at least 1 or more diagnosed, psychiatric illness at time of death had depression, substance abuse, conduct disorders and that only 15% of suicide victims were being treated at time of their death.
Between 26% and 33% of of all adolescent suicide victims have made a previous suicide attempt, and may try it again.
Suicide in youth often occurs after a victim has gotten into trouble or have had a recent disappointment or rejection in their life
Firearms in a home will increase suicide risk and 64% of suicide victims that are 10-24 years old use a firearm to complete the act.
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