I want to be able to create hope where hope didn't exist before. It's about coalition, it's about listening, very carefully, to where needs need to be met.
I handled my concerns and my issues and my problems by talking about them.
The biggest help for our family was to talk to somebody who had gone through depression and educate ourselves, and bring awareness to other people.
The ensuing days were consumed with pain and endless questions of "why?"
As his mother and a nurse who had dealt with other people’s pain and tragedy, should I have been more aware and astute about his depression?
Every time you tell your story, it helps just a little bit.
Even folks that are close to this, and have had training...still can be hit blindsided by these things. And it could be something very close to you.