FROM ERIC WARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
"I don't tell people this, but I see someone for depression."
I hear some variation of this remark at least once a week in my job. And every time someone I meet "admits" that they struggle with emotional problems, I hear in their voice the anxiety about being perceived as weak or somehow deficient. And I cringe.
I cringe because we're still remarkably unwilling to acknowledge the mental health crisis our nation is experiencing, with skyrocketing youth suicide rates and episode after episode of mass violence. We're starting to see changes - on the federal, state, and local levels. But like most change, it doesn't really matter until it becomes personal.
Part of what we're hoping you walk away with after reading this newsletter is the understanding that mental health already IS personal to you. If not you, someone you know is seeking help. Or wants and needs to. We also hope that you'll keep our information handy and share it with people who you think might need to reach out to us for help.
I hope you'll share this information as readily as you do other aspects of your life.
Change is possible.