I recently attended a Celebration of Life for a young man who always seemed to be shining brightly. He was kind, loving, generous, fiercely loyal and protective of those he loved. That person who seemed to have it all.
But he also had demons, who sadly, got the best of him last week. He has left behind a trail of devastation from his parents, siblings, aunts and uncles and cousins and a beautiful fiancé who was busy looking forward to a life with him. Not to mention the many friends and co-workers who are left wondering, Why?
This was the second tragedy to strike this family - another young man was overtaken by his demons just 2 years ago.
I know many people who suffer from that slide into darkness, I've been there myself at times. Knowing there are people who care and who will take the time to listen is so important.
So please, if it's you or someone you know, encourage people to talk. We talk about all other kinds of illness, there is no shame in this. We need to give the same time and attention to mental health, it is equally important as physical health.
We don't want to lose any more of our bright lights.
Live and sparkle!