“It is a disease, not a moral failure. It’s a medical condition, not a character defect. “ – Kathleen Dunckel
News Lifestyles editor Darby Hinkley recently introduced us to Kathleen Dunckel and her husband, Eric, in a heartbreaking and inspiring story about the loss of her daughter, Abigail, to Dunckel to suicide two days before Christmas. of 2019. Hinkley spoke to them as part of Mental Health Awareness Month, which takes place every May.
His story breaks the heart for obvious reasons. We can’t imagine the pain of losing a child, of wondering what it might have been like.
But the Dunckels inspire their courage and sincerity in sharing Abigail’s story and encourage us all to talk more about mental health.
“Mental health issues (and suicide is one of the hardest issues to talk about) we’re happy to be on the side of doing more of an open conversation.” Eric Dunckel told Hinkley. “We need to have it more in the light.”
To the Dunckels, we thank them for sharing their story. To all our readers, we ask you to follow their example and start talking about mental health.
A hidden, ignored, avoided, or embarrassed problem is an unsolved problem. Only by discussing our mental health struggles and those of our loved ones can we get the help we need. Only by talking about it openly and turning it into a public discourse can we encourage policymakers to make changes and invest in the resources needed to improve the situation.
We need to have it in the light.
If you have mental health issues, help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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