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This was my 9th year participating in the May Mental Health Awareness book fundraiser, which raises money for the Keith Milano Memorial Fund benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

This has been a particularly rough year for me from a mental health standpoint. In fact, the last few years have been difficult, but I continue to put one foot in front of the other and I seek help when necessary, relying on my family and friends to help me through. 

​I wish I could say it’s easy to deal with depression, but the bottom line is it isn’t. That doesn’t mean we are alone in this. And that is one of the reasons I believe in causes such as this one.  

And while there are organizers who put it together and authors who contribute, I am eternally grateful to each one of you. Without you purchasing one or more of the books by the authors who participated, this wouldn’t be possible. It is because of you that we can continue to bring awareness and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. So THANK YOU!

I am also grateful for the Milano family. 

Thanks to Keith’s family’s courage and strength, so many of us have learned his story. And because of their efforts, we are reminded often that there are options, there is help. Mental illness is still misunderstood by so many, but there are people who understand the darkness is real, and that it needs attention.

​If you haven’t read Keith Milano’s story, I hope you’ll take a moment to do so.

My 2021 donation to the
Keith Milano Memorial Fund is:


If you are in crisis call 800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741741

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