Roger S. – November 25, 2020

Your story really hit home with my family. On January 6, 2020, we got the knock on the door from the police, who told us our son Justin had fallen from a crane over 15 stories high. We struggled over a year prior to try to get him some help, with little or no success. On Christmas Even 2019, he was taken to the hospital by police in an ambulance, because he was running out in traffic, taunting cars to run him over. Days later, he ended his own life because of high-potency marijuana. He was into the budder and the shatter and also did some LSD, which the toxicology report revealed. We felt helpless and tried many resources as we could, but he was unwilling to give up the marijuana and get help, which made it much more difficult. My son changed so much in the span of 12 months, from being an outgoing kid with a love for life, people, and hockey, to becoming a reclusive, paranoid person. He thought we, his parents, were trying to poison his food, so he stopped eating our meals. He abandoned school, hockey, and friends, and stayed away from home for days at a time. We had to report him as a missing person to police a few times, because we didn’t know what else to do. Maybe his story will help other parents get the conversation going with their kids. I’ve heard many stories of kids losing their lives similar to mine this year, but your story really hit us in the heart. Please know you’re not alone in your pain and struggles. All the best to you and your family.

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