The Barber family understands the complexities that grieving families face after losing a child. Their world came crashing down on December 11, 2021, when Luke didn’t wake up. Things had seemed to be turning around for Luke after years of an endless cycle of relapses. At 5:15 am, Luke texted his mom to say, “I’m going to learn to love myself again.” But by 2:00pm – it was too late.
From an early age, Luke wrestled with ADHD, anxiety and later, Bipolar Disorder, and daily felt engulfed in darkness. He had so much to offer the world with his charisma and wit, but masked his illness so his mom and siblings couldn’t see the depth of his battles. To honor Luke’s life, the Barber family is bravely sharing their story in support of CHAAMP.
“He would have been the best Dad, the cool uncle.”
Losing a child – or a sibling – to mental health illness is unthinkable and paralyzing. And too many other families will bear this tragedy if we don’t act now.
Hear from the Barber family in their own words: