I am asking friends to donate a few bucks to honor a young man I have never met.
His name is Erik Cahill.
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.
The really sad thing is suicide is usually absolutely preventable if proper treatment is received. But because of the stigma of mental illness there is a huge gap in people getting proper treatment. 18.2% of our adult population currently suffers from some form of mental illness. The largest mental health provider in Palm Beach County is the Sheriff’s office.
This is a fundamentally flawed approach and needs to be fixed.
It seems if we raise awareness to reducing the stigma of getting treatment and raise some funds to reduce the suicide rate by 20% by 2025, it will have an impact on this problem.
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