Hon­est dis­cus­sions on de­pres­sion, sui­cide

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Please pass along to Kirsten Pow­ers my thanks for her re­cent col­umn, “Amer­i­cans are de­pressed and sui­ci­dal be­cause some­thing is wrong with our cul­ture.”

I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the courage it took for her to share her own story of de­pres­sion and thoughts of sui­cide.

As she de­tailed the un­fold­ing of her ex­pe­ri­ence, I started to think about how I could be more at­ten­tive to my fam­ily mem­bers and friends, and how I could be more hon­est with oth­ers about how I am do­ing.

I think we do a lot of “com­par­ing of our in­sides with oth­ers’ out­sides,” as the some­what pop­u­lar say­ing goes.

Pow­ers chal­lenges us to keep things real.

An­nie Young

Burnsville, Minn.

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Men­tal health is just as im­por­tant as phys­i­cal health, but for the most part it is ig­nored. When peo­ple seek ther­apy, they are of­ten shunned by oth­ers who seem to think that de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety is con­ta­gious. Or they are told to “deal with it.” Wil­liam Travis

I sup­pose a per­son’s true wealth is mea­sured by the qual­ity of care, level of com­mit­ment and fierce ded­i­ca­tion from those who sur­round you. All the money in the world wasn’t a fac­tor with Kate Spade, and all the “suc­cess” in the world wasn’t enough for An­thony Bour­dain. De­spair is like a slow-act­ing poi­son, and if you don’t find an an­ti­dote, it can be deadly. Michael An­thony Shea

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