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Mental health a priority

I appreciated the recent article that brought to light the suicide statistics in our county. Obviously, even one person lost to suicide is one too many. I know of what I speak, having lost my 24-year-old son, Jon, to suicide nine years ago. I also lost a dear friend to death by suicide in the last few months. I know how it feels to consider suicide as a way out of the intense pain and overwhelming darkness of depression, having dealt with my own depression for many years.

I truly believe that no one chooses suicide; suicide seems to be the only way out of the intense pain he/she is feeling, the only choice in the darkest time. Depression is like any other illness that causes pain; it can be unrelenting and overwhelming.

We as a community need to be sure depressed people know they have other options. I have called the local mental health department, to be told they have no funds to help people like me: people who have health insurance with high co-pays and who are barely getting by month to month. I am so glad that there is a group of people wanting to deal with this issue and make some changes.



Marilyn Miller

Grass Valley


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