emily_brownYes, it’s a very difficult topic, but one we must confront. Suicide is becoming a troubling trend … growing, affecting all ages, races, genders. Why does this happen?

Last August, Emily Brown got the unthinkable news that her beautiful, loving mother, Mary, had succumbed to suicide. Though she was being treated for depression, no one was expecting this. On this very special edition of the Weekend Watercooler, Emily shares with us how her family held onto each other, their friends and their commitment – their sheer will go carry on.

Emily’s is an uplifting story of courage and meaning. Her mother was certainly very proud of her and now I am, too! She told us about a program she started called “Whistling & Co” that helped her turn her pain into outreach and awareness as well as reduce her personal sense of isolation. It also brought her to the Obama White House. Listen in for that amazing story. Emily is an amazing young woman.

If someone you care about is thinking about hurting him/herself, please call 1-800-273-8255. If you have an iPhone, just says “suicide” and Siri will offer to dial the number for you. The MOST important thing to do when the darkness is too great, it to reach out to at least one person.