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Dr. Brent Betit 
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Re: “Cheryl Hanna's Suicide Confirms Mental Health Problems in Vermont

What profound irony exists in the fact that it takes extinguishing a bright, beautiful light like Hannah's to illuminate the complex issue of depression - and to spark a public dialogue concerning what is so frequently a hidden - even secretive - and highly stigmatized topic. I mourn Hannah's loss, but also the world's loss. For Hannah was unquestionably a gift to our world, and that gift and the clear, courageous voice that accompanied it, are now gone and silenced.

For some years I served on the HCRS Board, compelled to do so by family circumstances that even today I will not disclose outside the family - because quite frankly the intense human struggle to address the challenge of a mental illness is compounded beyond belief by the stigma, misunderstanding, and prejudices that can be encountered anywhere and everywhere in today's society.

I pray therefore that this tragedy - this unbelievable, profoundly sad end to a life so full of promise - will bring this issue out from its dark shadows into the light of Hannah's brilliance.

I did not know you Hannah, and yet I ken you. Rest with the angels my dear. Your struggle is over - but ours - if we accept the lesson of your too-short life - ours must now begin. Who will take up this torch?

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Posted by Dr. Brent Betit on 08/07/2014 at 3:30 PM

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