The fact that nearly 600 people turned out for a meeting on help available to people of all ages facing depression and anxiety held at the Jefferson Middle School in Delphos last night is very encouraging for those of us who have wondered what we can do to reverse the very troubling increase we’ve seen in suicides in the area.
In the past 10 months alone, 5 young people have taken their own lives.
And that number doesn’t include several others over 30 years of age that commited suicide.
Delphos resident Zack Ricker has made his struggles with anxiety and depression public by forming a group called “Shy Double A”.,
“Shy Double A” stands for “seek help you are not alone”, and when I spoke with Zack this morning, he was extremely pleased at the response.
Ricker hopes to get the chance to speak with local student and adult groups about the issue in the future and plans are in the works for a September 24th golf outing at Lost Creek Country Club to raise funds for that work.
Zack is also planning to host a question and answer session on the “Shy Double A” Facebook page this Sunday afternoon at 4:00 P.M.
It takes a lot of courage to talk about an issue that is far too often swept under the rug because those who suffer don’t show physical signs you can see.
I think he deserves a lot of credit for trying to do something to bring the topic into the open where it needs to be.
That’s the way I see it.