When you hear Matt Ryan on the radio, you hear a man full of energy and enthusiasm, a man who embraces life to the fullest. You would never think that at the age of 15 he considered ending this life and was saved by a girl who heard something and said something.
Ryan, who spends the afternoon on our sister station 94.3 The Point and once hosted the ’80s Saturday Night Show on New Jersey 101.5, came to my New Jersey 101.5 show and told his story from a “Black depression” so severe that he decided to take his own life.
You can hear him talk about it on this podcast.
It turns out Ryan was suffering from a chemical imbalance he was unaware of at the time.
“Not knowing why you feel a certain way is a scary thing,” Ryan said when he called up my show.
Although he was treated with medication and therapy, Ryan still struggles today.
“Some people it’s a phase or something that they go through or for some it’s a lifelong process.” Ryan deals with it by using “things unrelated to medicine, staying healthy and exercising really helps.”
New Jersey 101.5 holds town hall on youth suicide this Thursday evening, September 19 at 7 p.m.
Ryan, who has been involved and fundraiser for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says we need to talk about suicide.
“If we don’t have a dialogue, we are not going to reverse the stigma and we are not going to find breakthroughs and ways to make people feel better.”
Ryan says we need to talk about suicide.
“The more open we are about this, the more organically the dialogue will come out, and then things will start to change for the better.”
Youth suicide is extremely important to Matt, who sits on the board of directors of Ocean Mental Health.
“I really want to try to do my best in my life to bring up the subject of depression like someone is letting you know they have high blood pressure.”
What advice would Ryan give to someone considering suicide?
“This is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The first thing you should do is talk to someone you trust because you are not alone and that is the key. He is. it doesn’t have to be a family member, it could be a friend, someone at school, a priest, or the National Suicide Hotline. There is nothing to be ashamed of feeling how you feel. “
“Most importantly, you’re here for a reason, and if you’re not here, this planet we’re not going to be as great as it is if you’re not here and I mean sincerely. “
Finally, Ryan said,
“Keep in mind that although you are a very dark and suffering place the pain you would leave behind by killing yourself is so damaging, think of the people you would hurt if you were no longer there because they left you behind. want here. “
“Just go see someone and talk about it because I really think it could do a lot to at least be on the right track to feel better and find out what’s going on because there is help available everywhere. “
The number for the National Suicide Hotline is 800-273-8255.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise. All opinions expressed are those of Steve. Steve Trevelise is on New Jersey 101.5 Monday through Thursday 7pm to 11pm. Follow him on twitter @realstevetrev.
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