Solomon Thomas: Out of the Darkness Walk

On June 8  Solomon Thomas will be participating for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Out of the darkness” overnight walk in San Francisco. Some backstory is in order.

Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Solomon Thomas hasn’t exactly lived up to his draft status. When you are the third overall pick in the draft there is a lot of expectations on your performance and impact in the game. There are some fans ready to move on would like to see him traded. When I saw him last season I saw some glimpse of what he could become. When Thomas plays inside he is a force to be reckoned with, but he has less impact from the outside where it seems like the team originally envisioned him playing. Hopefully with the addition of Dee Ford and Nick Bosa they can leave Thomas inside and play where he plays best. But there is more to Thomas’ story than just playing out of position.

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ESPN did a really nice piece on Thomas last season and again not too long ago because of his contributions off the field. But for those of you that may not know, Thomas lost his biggest supporter last year and it has felt a huge hole in his life.

On January 23, 2018, Thomas older sister and best friend Ella Elizabeth Thomas committed suicide and it has left Thomas empty. He said in an interview “...It changed my whole world and flipped it all upside down...” Since her death, Thomas has tried to change this tragedy into something positive. He has been raising money and awareness for mental health.

Mental Health has been something no one likes to talk about, it’s almost taboo in this country. Those with mental health should not be shunned, should not be ignored. When someone who is suffering from depression and anxiety reaches out, sometimes all they need is someone to listen or even a shoulder to cry on. They are reaching out because they need our help, not our judgment, they just need a friend.

When a person attempts to take their life, they want the hurt to stop. They feel as if there is no other way and everyone will be better off without them. If you know someone like Ella or you feel as Ella felt, please reach out to someone, you are loved, appreciated and needed. And please, please if someone reaches out to you, do not ignore them, it could be life or death.

On June 8 Thomas will be participating for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Out of the darkness” overnight walk in San Francisco.

Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

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Matt Woolsey

Matt Woolsey

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I was a December baby born in 1980. Married to my beautiful bride Jen for the past 15 years, and father of 3. Been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years, been playing dynasty for the past 5 years. All I can say is I love the game.

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