Edgar: Depression can be a struggle for many of us to talk about, especially for those of us who have experienced it firsthand or know of someone suffering through it. Often, depression can be difficult to recognize in someone because those who suffer from it don’t always exhibit “typical” symptoms that you would expect to see. In September 2017, our family was shattered when we lost my beloved cousin, Anthony Cruz Jr., to suicide. Anthony was congenial, caring, kind, loving, respectful and extremely talented. His passion for music spoke to many and it was tragically beautiful when heard. Whether on stage or performing for his family, he used his guitar as if it were an extension of his voice, metaphorically explain the tough days and interpreting his happiness on the good ones. Anthony was loved and respected by many and he will be forever missed.
Mental health and suicide prevention are causes close to my heart. I’ve selected Crisis Intervention of Houston to honor not only Anthony, but to also honor Anthony’s mother, my aunt Sylvia, who must carry the emptiness of losing her son to this tragic illness forever. The sole mission of Crisis Intervention of Houston to help people in crisis. They offer free, confidential, anonymous crisis and suicide prevention counseling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also offer a Survivor of Suicide Support Group serving Houston/Harris County and immediate surrounding counties.
My hope in supporting Crisis Intervention of Houston is that anyone suffering from depression or experiencing crisis will feel supported and know that they are not alone. Everyone deserves to feel wanted, appreciated, loved and respected. Everyone deserves to feel like they ARE enough, that they ARE doing a good job in life. Those suffering from depression should feel that they don’t have to give up because there are reasons to live and be with all the people that love them unconditionally. Please consider donating to Crisis Intervention of Houston. This cause is so important to not only me but to both of our families.