|Julie, Amy, Sally|
Sally's birthday celebration in Denver
|Julie's beautiful curls|
Photographed by her brother Jon
As a survivor of suicide, I now feel an urgency to make sure that there is more awareness of suicide prevention. Did you know that I am a survivor? Did you know that those who have lost a loved one to suicide are called survivors. We are compared to those who have survived any other horrific life changing event. I read the words "suicide survivor" and "death camp survivor" used in comparative ways in much of the literature. I hope other families are spared the shock and grief that my family has suffered. For that reason, I urge all of you to urge President Obama to make mental heath parity a reality. (Please click to read the full message.)
My daughter Keicha wrote an editorial for her local newspaper urging others to contact the White House about the passage of this Act. You can read her editorial here: Keicha's editorial.
|Mason, Grandma Sally, Aunt Julie, Amy|
Julie's College Graduation
BA in English
In her memory, I hope you will also lend your voice to fight for parity in coverage for those who suffer from mental or substance-abuse, often forms of self-medicating that take on lives of their own. Why isn't coverage for these illnesses comparable to coverage for other illnesses and/or physical ailments?
|Julie, my mother, Alberta, Keicha|
Lunch with Grandma around her 92rd birthday time
|Siblings being silly|
Who has the biggest nose?
Amy, Jon, Julie, Keicha, Ryan
|Sister - the last time together|
Keicha, Julie, Amy