I had to attend the funeral yesterday for a VERY good friend of mine that I have known since Jr High. He was in his mid 50's. He was an outstanding man in every way I could ever describe, family, father, friend, etc. but it turns out he was suffering from depression enough that he needed to use antidepressant medications. No one knew about this except his wife and I get that, but now I have to wonder why it is such a commonly accepted decision to keep things so quiet. The meds themselves cause SEVERE mood swings if people stop taking them abruptly or screw up on the correct timing of taking them. Maybe someone else reading this thread may make a better decision when somebody they know is on these kinds of meds as to maybe let somebody else in the circle of the closest family or friends know about the depression issue. This can be a life saving decision. If I had known about this issue before hand I would have made a much better point of actually talking to him on the phone on a regular basis and not just accept the pretty frequent text exchanges we had that have become so common and accepted by so many people today. The MAIN THING I would have done is to make sure that there were ZERO FIREARMS in his home or anywhere else that he had direct access to. My buddy owned lots of guns and ammo and used one of his own to take his own life. So Sad. There were zero indicators anything was wrong to everyone that knew him as little as the night before when he attended a large family gathering for a birthday party that included lots of interaction with lots of different people, yet the very next day he did what he did. If even one person reading this thread can possibly prevent a similar situation from happening to any of their friends, family or loved ones, something positive may actually come out of this in a remote way, I just wish I had a way to turn back the clock for a mere 24 hours last Monday, but I can't. WD.