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(RNS) As the White House unveils a new initiative to combat mental illness, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page has just written “Melissa: A Father’s Lessons from a Daughter’s Suicide,” about his eldest daughter, Melissa Page Strange, who committed suicide in 2009 at age 32.


  1. We’ve been down this lonely road ourselves. Thank you for this. ‘Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon them’.

  2. My beautiful daughter, Kay, age 55 at the time, took her life Aug. 6th 2010. I am reading your book and I can identify with your pain. Without Christ I really don’t know how I would have made it. I have to really think about her being gone before I can really accept it. I went through grief share at our church and I’m sure that helped but your’re right nothing can ever erase totally the pain. I will forever miss her. Thanks for sharing.

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