Hello, To Whomever Will Listen,
Please learn from our son Chris' mistakes so his death and life are not in vain!
Chris lived a short 24 years. We loved him dearly and miss him so much. When he was around 22 years old he developed mental illness, like 40 million other people in America. What kind? Schizophrenia. How did he die? He took his own life.
Chris, and most of his friends, were smart college kids. Many of them abused alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, mushrooms, and worst of all, in my opinion, Ecstasy. While it is true that Chris made these choices, often young adults experiencing early symptoms of Schizophrenia will abuse substances because of the troubling signs that are beginning to surface. That is possibly why Chris began to abuse drugs, starting at around sixteen years old. We do know, after he began to have outward symptoms, he would "self-medicate," especially with alcohol, to be able to cope with the symptoms of Schizophrenia.
Don't be fooled, to think this could not happen to you or someone that you love.
Sincerely, Chris' Mom
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