A Father’s Mental Health Recovery Journey: Beyond The Bullet
Jalil Frazier is a hard-working father who is always at the ready to help a friend in need. He was shot trying to prevent a robbery at a neighborhood barber shop. He woke up in a hospital weeks later, unable to talk or walk. “I was so heartbroken. The only thing I thought was, ‘How you going to take away something from the good guy?’”
Although Jalil recovered his ability to speak, he remained paralyzed and is working hard to adjust to his new life. In addition to the physical challenges he faces, Jalil knows that the mental challenges brought on by his injury—fighting the “dark place” his mind wants to travel to when he feels low—are equally important to discuss and address.
Still, his spirit remains inspiringly positive. “The goal is to never give up,” he says, echoing the message he has tattooed onto his arm.
Jalil’s journey of recovery is the latest of our four-part series “Beyond the Bullet: Gunshot Violence Survivors Speak.” The series presents members of the Gun Violence Survivors’ Support Group, based in Philadelphia, who tell of their journeys of pain and healing, isolation and community, and, most beautifully, stories of recovery, love and support.
Above all, Jalil still wants to be “the good guy.”
“Yeah, I’m in the wheelchair, but I want to continue to be that helpful person, the good person.”
All of the voices in this series deserve our attention. Their lives are the window into the very human suffering that gun violence has on our society, and their stories are filled with a strength and resilience that is awe-inspiring.