The father of a Gunn High School student who died by suicide in 2015 will be giving a public talk on Sunday, May 15, to raise awareness about mental health.
TC Lee said in an interview Tuesday that he felt compelled to publicly share his story not as an expert, but to offer one person's experience with loss and mental health.
"My motivation is really just to share my personal experience," he said. "I'm not an expert. I don't claim to be an expert. But at least what I see, I want to let people know so they can be aware."
Lee plans to talk about the role that families and the home play in supporting young people, his own path of recovery from loss and mental health in general. He hopes that speaking publicly about these issues will help bring the fight against mental illness to the same level of engagement and awareness as physical diseases, like cancer.
People are "fighting it (cancer), facing it, finding a cure," he said. "Now, cancer is gradually under control. Mental disease is the same thing. How can we control it? How can we fight it?
"First is that we don't have a solution, but we have to face it," he said.
His talk, titled "Out of Darkness," will take place 7-9 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 2890 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
For more information, email First Christian Church Pastor Dan McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-327-4188. McClure urged people interested in attending to arrive early to assure parking and seating.
Any person who is feeling depressed, troubled or suicidal is urged to call 1-800-784-2433 to speak with a crisis counselor. People in Santa Clara County can also call 1-855-278-4204.
Links below provide more resources where one can receive help: