Is there any correlation or intersection among adoption, military service, and suicide? I don’t know. Here’s some sad news: 25 year old XinHua Mesenburg, adopted from China when he was 8 years old and a Senior Airman in the US Air Force, died by suicide on January 5.
XinHua’s adoptive father posted about his son’s death on his Facebook page. The family is, of course, devastated.
Did you know that 20 military veterans/active service members die by suicide every day? An incredibly tragic statistic. More information is available here.
I’ve written a lot about adoptee suicide, and about resources. Hard as it is, we need to keep listening, learning, and speaking out about suicide prevention.
May XinHua’s family find peace and healing.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
CrisisText Line: Text to 741741