Alameda shows love, support for family

Editor:
We would like to thank the good people of Alameda for their kindness and compassion around the death by suicide of our son Austin in February. We heard from classmates, his teachers from Paden and Alameda High School, neighbors and the parents of his many friends. 

People sent food, cards and gifts, and although we no longer reside in Alameda, we felt embraced as part of the community once again.

We are planning a memorial at the Alameda skate park sometime next year, when Austin’s sisters return from their global travels; we’ll let friends know when that date is. 

In the meantime, we welcome any stories or photos you may have about Austin and we can be reached via email at ptracey33@hotmail.com. Photos of Austin especially are important to us. If any friends want to reach out and talk, please do — we grieve best together, not alone.

Although it isn’t the solution for everything, such as a lack of adequate mental health care in this country or a dearth of understanding, there is always a number you can call if you need help, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.

Again, we thank you, Alameda, for your love and support.

 

Patrick and Julia Tracey Forestville, Calif.