I have received a slew of emails since my talk at Skepticon IV (and resulting call for more openness and skepticism on the subject of mental illness). I’ve also gotten a few cards in the mail. It’s beyond touching. I never dreamed that talk would mean so much to so many people.
I got a letter today I want to share from somebody who saw that talk.
The author wrote about losing her father to suicide at the cusp of her teens and how it probably would not have happened had he received the treatment he needed. She now works with the Out of the Darkness suicide prevention campaign. They are trying to get their suicide prevention program into every high school in the nation. I’m touched to see such important activism going towards such a needing demographic.
She thanked me for my talk and included a crystal with the word “Hope” engraved along with her letter.
You’re welcome for the talk. I’ll be honest, giving that talk took a lot out of me. If asked to do a talk on mental illness again, I likely would, but it will be a while. Letters like this one make me willing to do it again. The support we give to each other is how we’re going to change the face of society with regards to mental illness.
To the woman who sent this letter, whose name I’ve not used just to be safe, thank you for your support.