Even days or weeks leading up to that fateful day, the face of depression is often not obvious.

The Day We Didn’t See Coming

On September 12, 2018, at 12:15 PM my brother Jon Allard Jr walked through my front door just as the St. Louis Cardinals were throwing the first pitch of an afternoon game. I didn’t realize that this would be the last time. He got up to go give our mom a hug before he said “well, I’m going to go get some fresh air before I head back to the salt mine.” Instead, he apparently went out to his car where he grabbed a 9 mm pistol and took his own life.

In retrospect, he did seem a bit sad and I know he was going through some normal life challenges; however, even his closest friends and family did not know that he suffered so deeply from depression. He was a good and kind man whom everyone loved, and he was always helping others even throughout his own struggle. Shortly before he took his own life, he sent a text to a dear friend asking that word be spread about the signs of depression. So that will certainly be part of the mission of TheTenthMan.org.