Quite a firestorm has erupted around domestic violence and the NFL.
The one good thing it has done is to bring a strong spotlight to bear on a hideous problem. This is one of those subjects that had been hidden from discussion mostly because it happens in private.
The same spotlight has shined on suicide since the suicide death of Robin Williams.
Hidden in darkness, largely because of the social stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide, this loss brought a much-avoided topic out into the light where it can be discussed without the usual recriminations and whispers. Almost 40,000 Americans die each year by suicide. In Oregon it costs the lives of over 700 people. Suicide can be prevented, you can help.
As we wrap up Suicide Prevention Month, consider joining others in bringing suicide “Out of the Darkness” by taking part in an organized walk on October 4th. If you click here you’ll be taken to a link that will help you find the closest “Out of the Darkness” walk.
Let’s get something “good” from the “bad”.