“Something like that just doesn’t happen for no reason and I know that 100%, and I know that there’s a huge plan here, says Pelicans Forward Ryan Anderson as he struggles to fight back tears.
Andreson was practically trembling as he confronted cameras on Media Day.
Less than six weeks ago his girlfriend, reality TV star Gia Allemand, committed suicide in her New Orleans home. Now Anderson wants those battling similar demons to know they are not alone.
“We live in a society now where you got to live up to something. You got to be a certain person or you’re not going to be accepted and every single person, every single person has something special about them,” says Anderson.
Lauren Garnier feels Anderson’s pain. Her mother committed suicide 11 years ago this Christmas Eve. She calls herself a survivor.
“It’s not about returning to normal, it’s about creating a new normal and it’s about adjusting to life without that person in your life,” says Garnier.
To create a new normal Garnier started a support group called Survivors of Suicide Loss. Now Andrson is following in her footsteps, hoping to make a difference in Gia’s name.
“I don’t want to get into too much detail about her foundation, but it’s going to be something great to show people that they are not alone,” says Anderson.
Survivors of Suicide Loss is a free, peer-led support group for adults whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one, friend, neighbor, or co-worker to suicide.
The group meets from 6:30pm – 8pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. For more information call (504)410-7025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org