Presented on January 4, 2017.
Dennis will take us on his journey towards recovery as he has to deal with the loss of two brothers to suicide—eleven years apart. Dennis will review some warning signs that may help you determine if someone you know is considering suicide, walk you through his decision to sober up and seek counseling, and he ends this talk with a real message of hope.
Dennis Gillan is on a mission to reverse the current trends in completed suicides and to seriously reduce the stigma associated with getting help for one’s mental health. Dennis lost two brothers to suicide, eleven years apart and after years of sitting on the sidelines he jumped into helping those in need by working on the suicide prevention hotline when he lived in Chicago. After moving to South Carolina Dennis got involved with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is on the board of the local state chapter. In this capacity he gets to lobby lawmakers for additional funding for suicide prevention and raise funds and awareness to help combat the rise in completed suicides in America. Dennis’s real calling is telling his personal story of how he (sort of) recovered from the loss of his two brothers and what he has learned along the way.
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