Rep. Jamie Raskin And Sarah Bloom Raskin Pay Emotional Tribute To Their Late Son |

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maryland congressman jamie raskin and his wife sarah are opening up this morning about the painful loss of their 25 year old son thomas who died on new year’s eve after a painful battle with depression writing in a touching tribute that he had a perfect heart a perfect soul a riotlessly outrageous and relentless sense of humor and a dazzling radiant mind the two-term congressman and his wife a former top treasury department official detailing their son’s battle with depression writing that he began to be tortured later in his 20s by a blindingly painful and merciless disease called depression and adding on the last hellish brutal day of that god-awful miserable year of 2020 we also lost our dear dear beloved son and despite very fine doctors and loving family and friendship network the pain became overwhelming and unyielding and unbearable at last for our dear boy this young man of surpassing promise to our broken world even before the pandemic lockdowns and quarantines the number of depression cases in adolescents and young adults has gone up in recent years but now the american psychological association says nearly 80 percent of adults say the coronavirus is a significant source of stress in their life and two out of three say they’ve experienced increased stress over the course of the pandemic america is definitely facing a mental health crisis as a result of the pandemic we have seen an extraordinary number of people hundreds of thousands who have come to us at mental health america for help and support far over and above what we would have seen before the pandemic the raskins calling their son a radiant light in a broken world say he left them a farewell note on new year’s eve writing please forgive me my illness won today please look after each other the animals and the global poor for me all my love tommy chanel this uh people have a moment to read it the letter from his parents is so touching and so profound and they’ve decided to honor him and continue this life’s work that he had just begun but really had begun so passionately it’s true we’re still wrapping our minds around this but in that powerful tribute the raskins detailed his lifelong passion for helping others and championing animal rights to honor that they announced the launch of the tommy raskin memorial fund for people and animals it will distribute money to the causes and charities that he advocated for we’re certainly praying for his family this yeah he sounds like an extraordinary young man chanel thank you very much you

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