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Learn about mental health diseases

9:56 AM, Apr. 16, 2013  |  Comments
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Editor: This city, as with every city in the U.S., has been touched by suicide. I recently heard about three myself: two 31-year-old men and a mother with two children who ended their lives.

I was brought to deep sadness because although I knew two of these people, I wasn't able to help any of them. So what can I do? Pray for them and their families who were left behind wondering why.

But, can I do more? This prompted me to write this letter.

Every one of us knows someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, bipolar or compulsive disorders. These diseases are not unlike diabetes, cancer or any other illnesses people feel free to discuss with their family and friends. I wonder why I am many times afraid to tell people that I suffer from depression: It's because many don't understand, or are afraid I might do something "crazy."

There is such a stigma about the mental health diseases, but the more we educate ourselves, the better the world will be.

Marshfield Clinic is presenting free education from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. The keynote speaker, James J. Mazza, Ph.D., will present "Invisible Signs of Suicide." Please come and be informed. You may be able to save someone's life by being present at the crucial moment.

Rita Johnson

Marshfield

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