My big brother, Bry, died by suicide in May of 2016. Since then, mental health awareness and advocacy for the importance of taking care of your mental health has become a huge part of my life. Suicide is a rising problem in our culture, especially in the community of people who live with mental illness. We all need to know that suicide is not the answer, and that no matter your state of mental health, we all need to know that we are loved and needed by the people in our lives and that we can make it. We are strong. My hope is to end the stigma against mental health and all come together to create a safe environment where people feel safe to talk about these issues that people live with every day, and to let these people know that it is OKAY to live with these issues. We are strong and we can do this.