Bronx family gives back after son's suicide
A Bronx family is committed to stopping suicides by spreading some Christmas cheer to children with mental health issues.
It's the third year Anna and Raymond Acosta will be spending Christmas without their son Jonathan, who tragically took his own life after battling with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Now the family is dedicated to keeping Jonathan's kind heart alive by donating gifts to a holiday party for Behavioral Health Services.
"The Acosta family has been so generous to donate gifts," said Mildred Casiano, director of Behavioral Health Services. "They really wanted to celebrate behavior health, in Christmas for the children, and did this wonderful party for us."
The Acosta family says it will continue this tradition in hope to raise awareness about suicide and the importance of seeking treatment for depression.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on average there are 117 suicides a day.
The foundation says warning signs include people talking about not wanting to live, behaving recklessly and isolating themselves from friends and family. These may occur alongside anxiety and depression.