Julian Matthew Richardson’s Story


Learning and Coping with
Julian Matthew Richardson’s Story

What made Julian special

Julian was kind. Julian was a giver. Julian was super smart. Julian was gifted. He could play any song by ear on his electric guitar. He always smiled, and he knew what to do or say to help someone else smile. Julian served as an officer in the U.S. Marines and eventually advanced in his career to become a medical doctor.

What his loved ones learned

You can’t blame yourself, but you can strive to understand a loved one’s pain to try to prevent them from committing suicide. When you notice that someone’s countenance has changed, or they begin giving away valuable items, or break up with the love of their life, or spend too much time isolated from family, friends and loved ones, ask the questions: “Are you OK?” and “How can I help?” Make sure they don’t feel pressured. They need to understand that you love them and will support them in any way that is needed.

Advice for others

Seek resources and support. Call or text 988 24/7 to speak with a crisis counselor right away. For yourself, talk to a counselor, friend or spiritual leader.

Growing and coping

Since that dreadful day, March 7, 2018, I have made it a point to seek understanding and ways to know the signs of someone thinking about harming themselves. I have enrolled in Suicide Prevention Workshops for tips and signs to look for. These have helped me save lives. Now, when I notice the signs, I immediately speak up and try to help.

Story by: Coretta “CJ” Pruitt

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or need emotional or mental health-related support, please contact 988 or a local trusted support.