Carson was a very determined man who found his way through all types of challenges in his life, and I believe that he would’ve found his way to the other side of his unbearable psychological pain, if he knew that when he got there he wouldn’t have to deal with the burden of the misperceptions and discrimination others have about mental illness. In other words, I think the stigma of his illness killed him more than the illness itself.
And that makes me so mad. I believe if he had seen other high profile, high performing men who had been “out” with their emotional challenges and were now thriving, he would’ve had hope that he could get there too. That he wasn’t alone. So this has become my mission and my way of honoring him: Sally and Carson Dancing at SST wedding.jpgto get upstream from the crisis of suicide and prevent mental health challenges from escalating to the point of becoming life threatening, and to let people know that they are not alone, that dignity is essential in the healing process, and that recovery is possible.