Sean was a kind person, a vibrant mind and a tender soul. He was a great brother to his younger twin sisters, Madison and Lindsey. He was brilliant at math and engineering, teaching himself to code by age 13 and, by the time he went off to university on the east coast, he had taken every math course available at both his high school and our local state college.
He was a shining star during his first college semester, in 2013. The future was very, very bright.
That is, until depression and the stigma that made him feel he had to keep his struggles to himself extinguished that light. And it happened so very fast. Sean’s dark depression overwhelmed him quickly and unexpectedly. We lost our son and brother to suicide in January 2014.
A different culture of mental health may have made a difference for Sean.
Improved policies surrounding mental health on his campus. An empathetic community that gave him confidence to talk about his mental health as easily as he might have his physical health. Messages of support from all around him, and faster action when the depression engulfed him entirely.
That’s why we believe in Active Minds and its mission.
The culture surrounding mental health must change if we want our sons and daughters to thrive. We see Active Minds leading the way in changing that culture.
To show our commitment to changing the conversation about mental health, we are matching every donation to Active Minds made by December 31st, 2019, up to $50,000.
Thank you for your support, at whatever level you can give.
Active Minds is the nation's premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students. We are dedicated to saving lives and to buliding stronger families and communities.