Mental illness and suicide are things every family struggle with. Last night we marked one year since Sue Morgan passed away by suicide (July 2) and honored all struggling with forms of depression and anxiety. Many of you who gathered brought stories that feel shameful and we proved last night, that they are common, and we need to stop the stigma associated with different kinds of brain health and wellbeing.
Our own Lay Pastoral Care associate, Charlene Carter, also known as Charlene A. Carter, Ph.D. who is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Medical College of Wisconsin wrote this handout with me to help folks address suicide and work on their grief. I hope it helps you and feel free to pass it on to others.
If you ever need a listening ear, our team of Lay Pastoral Care listeners are ready to help. Just email your minister to get connected to one of the team members.
We also have a comprehensive referral list we can access to help you find resources for many forms of mental health.