Popular radio personality Delilah has been a bright light to her listeners over the years, inspiring millions to stay positive during heartache and hard times. But now the mother of 13 will be taking her own advice—and a break—from her beloved show to grieve the loss of her son, who died by suicide last week.
"My dear friends, I need to share some devastating news with you," Delilah wrote on Facebook. "In the early morning hours, Tuesday, October 3, my son, Zachariah, took his life."
She shared that Zachariah, 18, was receiving treatment and counseling for depression leading up to his death.
"My heart is broken beyond repair and I can not fathom how to go on...but I have to believe he is at peace with the Lord and that God will get us through," she wrote.
Delilah is sadly just one of many that are affected by suicide in our country. It is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., according the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and each year 44,193 Americans die by suicide. Men, like Zachariah, die by suicide 3.5 times more often than women.
Ninety percent of victims have a mental disorder, such as depression, at the time of their deaths, which is why it is important to know the signs of someone at risk. If you notice a loved one describing themselves as a burden to others, isolating themselves from family and friends, or showing other suicide warning signs, seek treatment for them.
While it is unknown how long Delilah will be off the air, she wrote: "I'll look forward to my return, as you all lift me up so very much!" In the meantime, she encourages listeners to keep her son and all those suffering from mental illness in their thoughts.
"Please pray for my beloved Zacky, and I will pray for all suffering from this debilitating disease called depression," she wrote.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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