John Halligan TELLS students and parents in the Ripon High School auditorium last February that he lost his 13-year-old son to depression and bullying. Halligan encouraged parents to seek open, honest relationships with their children. 
					    Tim Lyke photo
John Halligan TELLS students and parents in the Ripon High School auditorium last February that he lost his 13-year-old son to depression and bullying. Halligan encouraged parents to seek open, honest relationships with their children. Tim Lyke photo

     After writing for five weeks about mental health issues, particularly as they relate to young people, reporter Maic D’Agostino last week chose to bare his soul. He wrote a personal and illuminating column explaining that we best display our courage when we admit our frailty.

     Maic’s series, “Bruises on the Heart,” [offered] a few themes:

1. Mental illness is pervasive. ... 

2. The stigma around mental illness must be removed. ...

3.  Communication is key. ...

     Every victim in Maic’s series makes this point: None of us can go it alone. Isolation can breed despondency. But conversations make connections that can be therapeutic as they invite empathy, collaboration and strength. Ripon resident Bets Olson jokes that  “Our family doesn’t suffer from mental illness; we enjoy it.”

     Of course, there’s nothing joyful about mental illness. But given that we all are broken, it’s better that we be broken together. ...

                            — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, see the April 6, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.