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Mental illness knows no bounds

The death of Kate Spade earlier this week shocked us all. She had it all, some might say; money, fame, family. Yet, mental illness knows no bounds; ethnicity, race, religion, gender, economic status and political stance mean nothing to mental illness. Mental illness shatters dreams, breaks apart families and brings careers to a screeching halt. It is a silent struggle, making it difficult to know if someone around you is in pain or is suffering. Help us bring more awareness to the impact of mental illness on individuals and families. Let's do our part to spread the word that asking for help is okay, that resources are available and that counseling and treatment can help. It is imperative that we keep the conversation going despite the fact that it is no longer Mental Health Awareness Month.

The JCAC family is praying for the family of Kate Spade, as well as every family around the world that has been impacted by suicide.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.

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