Worcester, PA (PressExposure) June 08, 2009 -- For nine years, John and Patricia Gallagher and their four children were trapped in silence from the shame of Johnâs suicide attempts. He never even told his father the truth. Then, John read about a teenager who reached the same point of despair, and also leapt from a building in an attempt to end his life.
This jolted John out of his cocoon of shame, breaking his silence, and energizing him to carry forth his testimony for the sake of his family and to help others who might be going through the same distress. He was too ashamed to talk about the leap from a third floor window that crushed his legs, his silence a locked box that all but destroyed his family. His family endured five years of the parentsâ separation. But now, that shame has turned into a mission.
A mission with the help of the Team of Angels that Patricia created during the family crisis. It was the little team of angels pin that Robin brought to the hospital, with the words scrawled WE LOVE YOU, DADDY, that stayed pinned to Johnâs bed during his recovery. And when the ambulance arrived at the home, the morning before, it was nine -year old Ryanâs attempt to scramble up the steps with the team of angels pin, that touched all who witnessed it. The team of angels pins have now reached over 100,000 people who need comfort and hope.
âIf I can help one person, help one family, avoid going through the turmoil we went through, I would feel so successful and useful.â
The Gallagher's book NO MORE SECRETS - A FAMILY SPEAKS ABOUT DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE is the story of this courageous family. Patriciaâs forthcoming book, What Can God Do With a Woman Like Me? is the story of the Team of Angels project, and how Patricia reached out to encourage others, as a means of dealing with the crisis in her own life. Anyone who might want to gain insight into what leads a person to such a point of desperation, and for the millions of families that are dealing with a loved oneâs depression, this book will help you to feel less alone.
Robin, Katelyn, Kristen and Ryan Gallagher talk about the night their lives fell apart and the healing that has come about because of Johnâs courage in sharing the truth, maybe with the help of the team of angels!
John Gallagher, holds a MBA in Finance, and is the father of four children. The Gallagher family resides in Chalfont, a suburb of Philadelphia. He has worked for IBM, Smith Kline Beecham and Bristol Myers Squibb.