James Donaldson notes: I am turning more and more of my time and efforts towards mental health issues, especially pertaining to our young people and student-athletes.
Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.
Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space. http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle
The eight-time Grammy award-winner told BBC News on Friday that she can’t figure out what compelled her son to take his life because he had so much going for himself and had even found love.
“I still don’t know what took him to the edge because at that stage he had said to me that he had never met a woman that he felt that way about,” she said, “He was bringing her to meet me [for] his birthday in August. He had decorated his apartment that I bought him years ago. He had gotten a new job with a prominent real estate company in California, [which] he was very happy with.”
At the time of the death, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office told Fox News that Craig Turner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Studio City, California. He was 59.
Tina, 78, said in the interview that her son typically kept to himself, and suspects he suffered from loneliness before his death.
“I think it was something with being alone. But when I think that, why didn’t he call the new girlfriend that give him the lift?” she lamented. “He was an introverted person. He was very shy, so I didn’t know either, except now when I listen back to our last conversations, I notice a change. The last few times we talked, the conversations were different, and I didn’t know that until after the suicide.”
Despite her son’s heartbreaking and unexpected death, Turner said she intends to “be around for a while,” and isn’t worried about her own mortality in the least bit.
“Death is not a problem for me,” she said before adding; “I really don’t mind leaving.”