Awareness, education and communication are critical in understanding mental illness and preventing suicide. Below is a list of resources that Tommy’s mother has found helpful in the aftermath of their tragedy. Some are very personal, others are from national or governmental agencies.
The Signs of Suicide
Click here for Know the Signs of Suicide, a list provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
In Time of Tragedy
After Tommy’s death we were in shock. What had happened? How could it have happened? Why did it happen? Regardless of age or one’s relationship with Tommy we were struggling for answers and understanding. Two talks were extremely helpful and widely distributed for all to read and ponder.
Remembering Tom Fuss/Asking Hard Questions
Belmont Hill All-School Meeting
5 November 2006
• Talk Delivered by Richard Melvoin, Headmaster
Mass of the Resurrection for Thomas R. Fuss
8 November 2006
• Homily by Reverend Paul Soper
The Science of Mental Illness
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Curriculum supplement for Middle School
The downloadable Teacher’s Guide PDF provides a wonderful primer on the biological basis of mental illnesses and how scientific evidence and research can help us understand its causes and lead to treatments and, ultimately, cures.