Ataia and Savion Gabriel
Suicide affects us all. Every year, millions of Americans are directly affected by the more than 38,000 suicides and hundreds of thousands of suicide attempts made by loved ones or friends.
Yet, suicide is preventable.
Understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, counseling and advocacy. We have much to do and need your help.
This is our personal story.
Our adored brother, beloved son, kind friend and colleague took his own life on March 1, 2013.
Savion was a vibrant 22-year-old young man who suffered from depression, had taken steroids and hid this darkness and anger most of the time with his effervescent smile. Savion touched people of all ages with his powerful words and kind heart. One of Savion’s goals in life was to take the pain away from others and to spread his contagious laugh and gentle smile with all who knew and loved him.
Although we will never get to tell him again that we love him or to just give him a huge hug, we can honor his life by bringing suicide, depression and gun registration out of the darkness and into the light. We will do all we can to reach out to help prevent others from feeling our pain and experiencing our heartbreak.
We hope you will join us and share this incredible, yet difficult, journey. Together we will find a way to mourn, to grieve and to ultimately bring love, peace and hope out of the darkness of suicide and depression into the light.