Junior Seau: What Caused HisThinking About Suicide?

By Dianne E. Butts:


Photo from Wikipedia, Used by Permission. Photographer: David Sizer

I’m a football fan. So I, like many others, was shocked and saddened on May 2, 2012, when news came that Junior Seau was dead. He shot himself in the chest with a .357-caliber Magnum revolver, according to USAToday.com. Like so many others, I wonder what was Junior Seau thinking, when he was thinking about suicide?

A month after Junior Seau’s death, writers David Leon Moore and Erik Brady, writing for USA TODAY, wrote the article “Junior Seau’s final days plagued by sleepless nights.” Throughout the article you can almost hear everyone, including Junior’s 11-year-old son, Hunter, asking “Why?”

There’s the talk of the possible head injuries that have become such a topic of discussion for sports enthusiasts. Is that the reason?

There’s the talk of the use of Ambien, the sleep aid. The article reports, “The FDA-approved prescribing information for Ambien warns that suicidal thoughts or actions have been reported by depressed patients using this class of drugs. The information also instructs users not to take it if they drink, which friends say Seau did, and also if they cannot get a full night’s sleep while taking it.”

Junior Seau lived in a $3.2 million beachfront house. As a former NFL superstar, he seemed to have all the resources he needed. He had been married, but was divorced. He has three children. In the days before taking his life, Junior Seau celebrated a friend’s 50th birthday and spent time with his girlfriend Megan Noderer.

It was Megan who found him that terrible morning and frantically called 911.

Junior left so much pain behind. He left us with so many questions.

If you’re having thoughts about suicide, I’m asking you right now to seek out some help. Call a friend. Call 911. Call a suicide hotline. Call someone in your family. Please don’t just leave a note. Or leave nothing.

Below is a video where you can see the extreme pain of Junior Seau’s mother as she begs God to take her instead of her son. Look at her pain. Please don’t do this to the people who love you.

Don’t leave everyone who loves you wondering why. It’s not fair to leave everyone who loved Junior Seau wondering what he was thinking about suicide and why he carried that out.

This is a heartbreaking video of Junior Seau’s mom. Whose heart would you break if you took your own life?

If you are the one left behind by a loved one who has chosen suicide, see our articles for survivors. You can also click here to read this free online book (PDF format):  SOS: A Handbook for Survivors of Suicide, by Jeffrey Jackson at suicidology.org.