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The Importance of Families
“For a long time, Sharon and I had seen Garrett [our son] struggle with dyslexia, poor self-worth, and descend into dark and dangerous depressions. Recently he’d confessed to us that the thought of suicide had entered his mind, and now that he’d done it, I blame myself. How had it come to this? Why hadn’t I been there more for my son?... I now fully realized that Garrett was mentally or emotionally ill –
I didn’t know which, or the difference. Nor did I know how to help.”
Senator Gordon Smith
Excerpt taken from “Remembering Garrett: One Family’s Battle with a Child’s Depression”

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