By Mike Hazlip—
A local hair salon in operation for more than 40 years has permanently closed after the tragic death of the owner, a note on the door says.
“Thank you Kevin for all you did for us,” a large sign on the door of Hair Depot at 8941 Auburn Blvd. read last week. “You will forever remain in our hearts! Our deepest condolences to your family!”
Employees at neighboring businesses described police activity at the location on June 1, and Police Lt. Chad Morris confirmed that officers had been called to the location and determined that the business owner, 63-year-old Kevin McGrath, took his own life. There were no signs of foul play, he said.
“We are saddened by this event and encourage anyone who feels they need help to call 911 or the suicide prevention line,” Morris said.
Anyone considering suicide is urged to reach out for help. A local Suicide Prevention Hotline, operated by WellSpace Health, can be reached at (916) 368-3111. The group says its hotline is also available for those concerned about friends or loved ones who may be suicidal.
The national suicide prevention hotline is (800) 273-8255 and a new three digit dialing code, 988, will be available nationwide starting July 16, 2022, according the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline organization. The 988 code is already active in some areas, the organization said.
According to various suicide prevention resources, warning indicators of suicide can include talking about feeling hopeless, having no reason to live, and other behavior or mood signs.
Services for McGrath were held Thursday, June 16 at Holy Family Catholic Church. Flowers and messages for the family are also being left outside Hair Depot.