Wife hopes suicide awareness helps First Coast families

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- One Jacksonville woman is hoping the power of music will bring First Coast residents together to prevent suicide. She's hosting a fundraiser in memory of her husband, Jimmy Vinson.

Jimmy, 48, took his own life in September 2013. Gloria said she came home to find her husband dead after hanging himself with a belt.

"It's beyond hard," said Gloria. "I miss everything about him. I miss him everyday."

Jimmy fell victim to the emotional roller coasters that life brings. However, Gloria said, there were no signs that her husband was suicidal.

"Men don't talk about their pain. Men don't talk about their depression," said Gloria.

Jimmy was a general contractor, a father to two girls and a grandfather. Gloria said he'd help his friends and family for free; a big heart, yet shy, at times. Jimmy was also a lover of music. The couple met singing karaoke. Gloria said she was singing a tune from his favorite band, Brooks and Dunn.

"I think a lot of people are scared to talk about their depression," said Gloria. "I think they are scared of being judged but we need to help people talk about it."Today, Gloria hopes the power of music and the power of prevention will shine at the "Sing for Jimmy Karaoke Night." All the proceeds from the event go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Jimmy Karaoke Night:

Saturday, May 10 at 6 PM

Jacksonville Elks Lodge 221 at 1855 West Road.

Tickets: $15


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