February 25, 2021

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Julie CarlsonAugust 23, 2014

Thank you so much for helping educate others on the multiple factors that contribute to tragic endings like Robin Williams. Your information may help reduce stigma around depression, suicidal ideaology, and other mental health issues which are only stigmatized by humans' lack of understanding the great mysteries of the brain which we have a long way to go in unlocking mysteries! I myself, am a Peer Support Specialist (striving to be a Behavioral Health Specialist, and have also dealt with depression and felt the dark depths of hopelessness. Now I hold the hope for others that Recovery is possible with help and support, by role modeling that "I am the evidence - if I can do this, so can you!" Every day I work with some of the most severely mentally ill and homeless and I have witnessed miracles. As a Peer Support Specialist, we share the importance of the 5 Pathways to Recovery: Choice, Hope, Environment, Empowerment, and Spirituality...and the key to the Pathways is Love. We hold the hope for others when they cannot hold it for themselves. It is a wondrous thing that Spirituality is now being allowed in Client Care Plans and therapy sessions as it has been proven to be a major healing element in Recovery! The powerful aspect of spirituality can no longer be suppressed. We must share compassion and empathy for what we may not comprehend and we must continue to educate others about depression and other mental illnesses that are as common as other illnesses. God Bless you for helping spread some enlightenment!

Renaissance NerdAugust 22, 2014

The question of just how much of free agency can be impaired by mental illness is one I have often tried to figure out due to several people in my life who have mental illnesses. Eventually I came to a conclusion: I don't want to know. It's not mine to judge anyway, so it doesn't matter. If a mental illness chips away at the freedom to choose until 90% is illness and only 10% is free will, or the reverse, what difference does it make? I've got my own besetting sins, and it's not up to me to figure out whether I should forgive them for 10% or 90%. I believe the Lord said: "I the Lord will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men."I reckon that's good enough.

MaryannAugust 22, 2014

As one who has experienced serious clinical depression, your article means the world to me. No one will ever truly understand unless they experience it. Thank you so much for the research and work you have done to reveal the truth about depression. I know it will enlighten the minds of many and increase our understanding and compassion for those who suffer from this illness.

Ronnie BootheAugust 22, 2014

I lost a grandson to suicide a few months ago, he was 16. Thank-you for this article. I struggle with the guilt that I did not realize his depression and did not help him. It really hurts.

D JorgensenAugust 22, 2014

Thank-you for this article. It is very well written. I wish every person would read it. I hate the stigma some people have of those with mental illness. I have lost family members to suicide and some close friends have attempted it. I hope we will reach out and show love to those who are struggling and not think they are bad souls.

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