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Letter: A chance to walk the talk

Regarding “A garden for those lost” (Monitor article, July 6):

Because we would never think to talk about such a touchy topic as mental illness around the dinner table, much less admit to ourselves that we might need to make an appointment with a psychiatrist, let it be know that left untreated, mental illnesses often end in suicide.

Just as cancer was once gingerly referred to as “the C word,” a similar problem exists today about speaking openly about mental illness. But in Kyle Stucker’s keen article about veterans who have sadly taken their own lives, Cheryl Brigham does just that: “I want people to hear me,” she said.

Aside from the garden Brigham keeps watch over for the sake of memorializing those who have dutifully served our country, but whose lives have nevertheless ended in tragedy, she also plans to take part in this year’s Out of Darkness Walk, which is hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is scheduled to take place in Portsmouth on Sept. 27.

So what do you say? Let’s walk the talk and end the silliness that precludes telling someone you’re in trouble.



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