Each ride-day the Light the Trail team will #Ride4 a victim of suicide to honor and celebrate their life, and to further healthy conversation about this important topic. If there’s someone you’d like us to #Ride4, please visit the #Ride4 page.
September 6, 2017: #Ride4 Christopher Langlais (by Amanda Garay)
Tell us about them…
Chris is my little (but taller!) Brother. He was an amazing brother, son, uncle and friend. EVERYONE loved him and still does. His memory lives on everyday. He was beautiful on the inside and out, and always wanted to make sure that you were ok. When asked about him by people who weren’t lucky enough to meet him, I always compare his passing by suicide to Robin Williams. It was the last person you would have expected to die by suicide. He had the picture perfect life on the outside - handsome, kind, new home, doing amazing at his job, etc. He used to call me at work when he was traveling for his work (a salesman) and he would talk with an accent or pretend to be a taco restaurant. It always made me laugh. The biggest thing I’ve learned from his passing is that even tho someone’s life my look perfect, it doesn’t mean that they’re not struggling with something on the inside. Be nice and kind to everyone. You never know if your smile will save someone’s life. My family has made it our vow to keep my brothers memory alive and openly talk about suicide and mental health. We have a yearly golf tournament in his name and the funds get donated to a suicide related cause. The first two years went to the AFSP, and this past one which was almost two weeks ago the funds are going to Camp Kita (over $7000!). The camp is a camp for suicide survivors ages 8 to 17. Thank u ❤️
How has your perspective of depression and suicide shifted over time?
I didn’t think much about it before because I don’t suffer from it. Chris’s passing has opened my eyes! So many people/friends have shared their stories with me. I try to be nicer and kinder. I wish mental health was looked at the same way as cancer, and that everyone would try to cure it. I wish it was so people wouldn’t be ashamed to get help.
A small special way we can celebrate them on the road?
You can just tell him how much he is still loved!
Is there a particular favorite song or band of theirs, or one you remember them by?
One of my brothers old roommates said he would always sing “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities. Every time I hear it, I hear him.