One of the most important things is understanding the difference between mental illness and wellness. The more we talk about mental health the way we talk about physical health, the more we can decrease the stigma and shame that often impedes those in our communities from getting the help that they need. Please share your stories, join the discussion and stay tuned!
Suicide is not a happy topic but we need to hear about it and talk about. The truth is the media deserves credit for bringing the issue of suicide to light. Reducing the stigma of mental illness is half the battle. Removing taboos and encouraging open conversation is a positive step. We need more articles about depression, not less.
When published suicide statistics reached 22 veterans a day, Frank Spady said "Enough!" A decorated Vietnam combat Airborne ranger, Spady realized that vets in crisis couldn't wait for the VA or Congress to fix the system to address their needs. The problem didn't need more discussion, it needed action and that's something Spady knows about.