It’s summertime, and July is traditionally a time when we think about vacations, sunshine, and the beach, but for me July also represents a different period of time in my life. It is the anniversary of my Dad taking his own life.

Now before you disregard this post - as I’m sure you’d rather be thinking about the beach - hear me out. Many people do still struggle in the summer.

Mental health awareness has made huge gains in the last 5 years in terms of our openness to talk about this issue, and I embrace the opportunity to share my story publicly as often as I can. I believe mental health challenges like depression can be overcome, but to do so we need to keep the discussion going.