Mr. Thomas was a colleague, neighbor and close family friend. I had seen him earlier in the morning out for a Sunday morning run. We stopped and exchanged small talk about what a beautiful day it was going to be. Just hours later his wife ran out of their home with tears pouring down her face screaming that he was dead. I was shocked. On the outside he appeared healthy. He was successful, with a beautiful young family. He was only 36 years old, with what appeared to be everything going for him. No one knew that he had been struggling with depression until it was too late.
Stories like this are all too common. Families and friends feel blindsided and abandoned, left wondering if they could have done more. Doctors who lose patients to suicide search for missed clues and overlooked symptoms. Everyone assumes the tragedy could have -- should have -- been prevented.