MAHWAH, N.J. — Elaine Arnoldi of Mahwah has never felt more alone than after her son took his own life in August 2012.
This Sunday, Arnoldi will feel supported and loved as she and community members will gather in Saddle River County Park for the "Out of the Darkness" walk for suicide prevention at 10 a.m. in Saddle Brook.
“The stigma associated with suicide is incredible,” said Arnoldi, who last year launched a support group for parents of suicide victims in Wyckoff.
Nick Arnoldi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a youngster and borderline personality disorder in his early 20s. He was 28 when he killed himself.
“People think it’s the easy way out — like it’s a cowardly thing to do when it’s totally the opposite,” she said of Nick's death.
“People just don’t know how to react to that.”
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people between ages 15 to 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent study.
Unintentional injury is cited as the leading cause of death in those age groups.
“Depression isn’t something you can't just snap out of or get over,” Arnoldi said. “[Nick] felt so hopeless and he didn’t see any other way out. That was one of the hardest things for me.”