Erik lost his battle with depression on February 9, 2016 and took his own life.
As you would expect, it crushed his family and the people who knew him.
There was so much pain and confusion.
If someone in your life has taken their life, or you know someone who has experienced this kind of loss, you know the impact it has on family, friends and love ones. It leaves the “hole that can never be filled” and changes that person forever.
This is a fundamentally flawed approach and needs to be fixed.
When someone breaks their arm, we take them to the doctor and mend it. However, when someone suffers from mental illness, they often go untreated.
That is because there is a stigma in our society that prevents people from getting proper treatment.
We can end that stigma. To do that, we have to talk about it. We need to care about each other. We have to stop being so divisive.
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