In This Issue: May, 2019
May 01, 2019 08:30AM
By Jason Huddle
I’m going to warn you. This issue is very different from anything we have ever done in over 18 years of publishing this magazine. It’s personal. Very personal. Typically, most of our articles are very positive and there’s nothing wrong with that. But, every once in a while, there comes a time where you need to take a step back from the norm and bring light to a subject that doesn’t get a lot of publicity. May is national Mental Health Awareness Month and we thought this would be the perfect time to talk about a subject many would rather not.
I’ll be honest. I was one of those. It’s not that I don’t care about those struggling with mental disorders – far from it. But I didn’t see this magazine as the proper conduit to discuss the subject. That all ended on October 28, 2018. That was the night my niece, the daughter of my sister who also works for CabCo Media Group, decided to take her own life after a long battle with mental illness. She was three days away from turning 19.
We decided almost immediately that we would dedicate an issue this year to her and to those struggling with these conditions. We want to bring light to the fact you probably know someone who is battling some form of mental disorder. We want to tell people how they can get help. When it comes to minors, it’s even more difficult to navigate the system and we will explore how to do that as well.
No, this isn’t a fun issue. But it is a necessary one. I hope you will read it. I hope you will learn something from it. Most of all, I hope it will help someone out there who needs it. For those of you out there that know someone who is battling, or you are yourself, don’t assume mental disorders can be outgrown, or pushed through. Don’t take for granted the fact they are still with you. Don’t make the mistake of taking their word for it when they tell you they don’t want to hurt themselves. That was one of the last conversations I had with my niece, by the way.
Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programing next month. But, please, take this month’s edition to heart.
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