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Jane Paine 
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Re: “Cheryl Hanna's Suicide Confirms Mental Health Problems in Vermont

I am absolutely appalled at the comment made about suicide being a "selfish" act and that someone's loved one should be "buried and forgotten". How dare you? You obviously have never lost anyone to suicide. Maybe you should spend some time with a survivor, hearing their stories... there sure are enough of us out there, especially in Vermont. This type of comment is exactly why people who are suffering from mental illness and depression don't step forward. They try to handle it themselves. People are scared of the repercussions of admitting that they have had suicidal thoughts and many of us are scared to think that someone we know might speak up... what do we do then? How do we help? But we have to Talk, Ask, Listen and Know... We need to demystify suicide, eliminate the stigmas of depression and mental illness and take that leap into the unknown by educating ourselves. It could save someone you love. My son took his own life 3 years ago at the age of 22. Was he depressed? Did he suffer from a mental illness? The answer is ... I don't know and I never will know! We shelter ourselves from these topics because "it can't possibly happen to us"... I am hear to tell you, that it can. So please talk about it with everyone you know and learn as much as you can... Education is power. Speak out ...

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Posted by Jane Paine on 08/08/2014 at 7:05 AM

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