My name is Bethany. I am a child of suicide. My father, who committed the act of suicide, may have survived if only the stigma of mental illness wasn’t as great as it was back in the late 1990’s. Though it is the 21st century now, I still to this day have a hard time sharing my father’s struggle with depression as well as my own. After seeing the courage of Glenn Close, it is my belief that once you’ve been touched by a mental illness of any kind- you have the obligation to share your story. My father’s life story is more than just words. He’s gone and it lives with me forever.

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