Several years ago I began my foray into the world of helping people as a volunteer and trainer for a crisis and suicide hotline. At the hotline we fielded calls from people who needed general support. We also offered more targeted help to people with suicidal feelings, which can be a taboo topic to bring up with friends and family.
My time on the hotline made me a lifelong advocate for mental health awareness, particularly in the areas of depression and suicidal thoughts.
This week I felt compelled to use my platform to share two honest, intimate talks on these subjects.
Kevin Breel: Confessions of a Depressed Comic
My intention with sharing these personal talks is to increase your awareness and understanding of mental health issues. I also wanted to offer them up to anyone who is currently coping with one of these issues. You are not alone.
Please know that there are many community resources that are there to support you or someone you know through a dark time. Here are a few relevant resources to be aware of.
1-800-273-TALK (crisis and suicide hotline in the U.S.)
Links to Mental Health Organizations
Mary Azoy (DC area counselor)
Thanks so much for taking the time to read through this message.
I’ll be back to our regularly scheduled career programming next week.
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