Transcript for Suicide of Pastor's Son Resonates With Millions of Americans
Family tragedy for pastor Rick Warren last night here we reported on the suicide of his son Matthew the past -- revealing the 27 year old had long suffered from depression. On the Sunday there were prayers in his church and across the country conversation. About the millions of American families caring for loved ones who are battling the same thing. Here's ABC's claims and -- Even before his son's suicide pastor Rick Warren had taken this weekend off from -- Southern California mega church coincidentally choosing this sermon topic. What to do on the worst day of your life. -- even before richt knew what they would be facing at the end of the week. He would think and this is what we need to hear. -- 47 year old son Matthew took his own life Friday night in what his family said was a momentary wave of despair today Warren thanked supporters saying he and his wife -- are overwhelmed by your love prayers and kind words you are all encouraging our broken hearts he was a sweet. Talented creative Bryant Young man Matthew is one of roughly 40000 people who commit suicide every year in the US. One of the biggest risk factors is a history of depression and mental illness something Matthew Stanley says he battled since birth. Press it has been challenging and -- has been difficult medical experts stress it's important to learn suicide warning signs early and take action contact. Someone immediately call an emergency room call -- hotline. Cool cool your physician -- anyone you can access immediately. There is always hope experts say. That someone can be helped Clayton send -- ABC news Denver.
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