Prior to 2015, I was one of those people. The one that discredited mental illness and thought, “This disease will never affect me and my family.” Well, I was wrong, and am saddened that I did not know more about this dreadful disease that is becoming one of the leading causes of deaths in young teenagers/adults.
I lost my 19-year-old niece, Kaleigh (pictured), to anxiety, which lead to depression. You would never know how much Kaleigh was suffering by looking at her. She was pretty, popular and had her whole life ahead of her. It looked like she had her life made. Little did we know she was silently struggling. My family and I now walk and volunteer each year to help raise awareness, to eliminate the stigma and to find a cure or effective treatments for people that are suffering with this disease.
Mental illness knows no gender, age, economic status, race or religion. It can affect anyone. Please come out and join our team, Legacy of Love, to help overcome this disease. The Walk for Hope is a family fun event that allows families and friends to show that we know people are suffering and that we can overcome this!