Suicide of Rick Warren’s Son

If we are to prevent suicide, it’s important to understand the mind of a suicidal person. “A Guy With Depression” gives us a poignant look at his motivations and thought process when considering the recent, tragic, suicide of Pastor Rick Warren’s son, Matthew.
My fiance, Dan, killed himself after spending the best two weeks of our relationship with me and my daughter. He smiled, laughed, told me he was happy to be alive. I can only wonder if he meant it, or if he was pretending.
Thanks for your honesty, “Guy with Depression”, best to you, and the family of Matthew Warren.

A Guy with Depression

CrossMatthew Warren, the son of the famous pastor Rick Warren, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound this past Friday.  He was only 27.  Depression killed him.

I am absolutely devastated by the news for many reasons.  I feel an incredible amount of pain for Rick, his wife Kay, and their two remaining children.  I can only begin to imagine what it must feel like to experience the suicide of one of your children.

Like me, Matthew struggled with severe depression his entire life.  Like me, he had tried the best therapists, medicines, and treatments.  From what I’ve read, it’s very likely he had ECT just as I did.  Like me, nothing worked very long, if at all, and he continued to struggle and experience constant pain.

Matthew once told his parents, “Dad, I know I’m going to heaven. Why can’t I just die and end this pain?”

I have prayed a similar prayer…

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