Dear Ivonne,

My husband works in mental health, in supportive role to caretakers. Number one job in prevention of suicide is removal of stigma from mental illness such as depression!

Let’s talk about it — to everyone! Let depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety not be something in the closet, a “dirty little secret.” It’s a fact of life that many people have to live with that should not define them. They are also musicians, writers, artists, waiters, bricklayers, ordinary people.

Thank you for writing this very important article!

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.