Numbers according to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and World Health Organization
Herbie was born and raised in the South Bronx of New York, where he saw drug abuse and gang violence and experienced family trauma that caused him depression as a child, teenager, and adult. This led Herbie to become a functional alcoholic for over 11 years due to his inability to express his emotions effectively.
Herbie was unaware of the signs of suicide ideation, which led to him attempting suicide multiple times. After his last attempt and years of healing. He decided not to keep his suicide attempts to himself once he realized how many die by suicide every year.
Herbie is now using his story and experience to advocate for suicide prevention awareness, teach the signs of suicide ideation, and support individual post-suicide attempts by enhancing the conversation surrounding suicide and normalizing asking for help.
Herbie has educated high school and college students, companies, organizations, leaders, and CEOs at conferences and various events about how suicide can be prevented with a powerful message of hope and resilience surrounding suicide prevention.
If you are in crisis or know someone who is,
please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
Call or Text 988,
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or Call 911.