This past week, a local weatherman here in Kansas City took his own life. It is so, very, very sad. His suicide has been getting a lot of press here locally since he was on TV every day. Watching Fox 4 this week has been heartbreaking. The reporters are trying to be professional and do their jobs, but you can see the emotion on their faces, especially of the morning crew. They are grieving.
I want to take a moment to thank Don Harman's wife and family, for allowing Fox 4 to share Don's story and talk openly about depression and suicide. Hopefully, this will encourage people dealing with depression to seek help.
Please take a moment and read this heartbreaking yet beautiful post from Don's coworker and friend Joe Lauria.
Also, here is video of the Channel 4 anchors talking to some mental health professionals about how to help someone dealing with depression, and how to cope when someone you care about commits suicide.
My heart broke when I heard the news. Though I myself have not dealt with serious, clinical depression, there are people I love and care about who have. And who continue to deal with it each day. I know more than one person who has contemplated suicide. Thankfully, those people sought help in time.
Depression is something that a lot of people deal with. If you have diabetes, your risk of dealing with depression increases. Why exactly this is the case is not known.
Depression can be situational, or it can be chemical. Either way, it is a serious condition. If you are dealing with depression, please talk to someone. Seek help. If someone you love is dealing with depression, encourage them to seek help. Remind them that you love them, and they are not alone.
From the Channel 4 site: "If you are thinking of hurting or killing yourself PLEASE call 1-800- SUICIDE. If you are struggling and need to talk to someone who understands, call 1-800-WARM EAR."
More resources are also available on the Mental Health America website, or you can call them at 1-800-273-TALK.
As a former psychology major and someone who has recently sought help for my own mental health issues, this is something I am quite passionate about.
Sarah wrote this incredible post about her own battle with depression and suicide attempt. Thank you for sharing your story, Sarah.
Hang in there, my friends. You Can Do This.
*Disclaimer: I chose to write about this topic all by myself. I do not know anyone at Fox 4, and no one asked me to blog about it. Like I said, mental health awareness is a passion of mine.