On February 9, 2016, I lost my brother Erik to addiction and suicide. It has not been an easy road, but in the 7 months since his death, I have grown and learned so much about life and about myself. I have tried to start a few blogs in the past, and they all failed because I chose narrow topics. There are so many aspects to my life, and I simply cannot narrow it down. So now, I am writing about my whole life, after such a huge life. Sometimes the loss of my brother directly affects me, and sometimes it doesn’t. But, his death has set my life on a new trajectory, so his impact is always instrumental!

Learn the suicide warning signs and risk factors here:https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call:

Or you can chat online if you are in crisis: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx

Think about donating to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=1003847