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.
November 6th, 2017: #Ride4 Tami Newcomb (by Terri Lynaugh)
Tell us about them…
My sister Tami died by suicide on August 25, 2014. Tami never wanted the attention brought upon herself. She always made sure to ask how you were doing and what was new in your life. She was known for playing games at family functions and could always put a smile on your face. I got to spend a lot of time with her before her death planning her daughter Nikki’s wedding. I am so grateful for that one on one time we had for the previous 6 months.
How has your perspective of depression and suicide shifted over time?
I never thought much about mental health until Tami died. We knew she had depression but never thought she would attempt to take her life. I have done a lot of research since her death and I have made it my mission to try and bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention. I co-chaired a walk in September in our community to do just that. With the money raised we are bringing speakers into high schools and offering a community event in the spring. If I can save just one family from going through what our family has gone through then my mission is complete. Complete but never ending.
Is there a particular favorite song or band of theirs, or one you remember them by?
With You In Your Dreams by Hanson
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