We believe that suicide and mental illness only happen to other families. If someone were to tell me Dennis would die by suicide, I would never ever believe that. January 25th, 2014 Dennis did exactly that. Being an Emergency RN for the past 20yrs I was aware of suicide but from a distance. Funds raised from the Walk For Hope provide much-needed education in our community on suicide awareness and mental health education. Our theme this year is "Zero Suicide" My hope is that mental health screenings will be at every health care delivery point and that all staff from ancillary to nursing and physicians will be trained on suicide awareness and prevention. We have a motto at our hospital "WE are all in". In order for this to work "WE" all have to be in to make the difference needed for suicide prevention. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. I believe we all need to be trained in suicide awareness just like we are trained in CPR. Mental Health deserves the same attention we give Cancer, Heart Disease, and Stroke. You never know when you are going to be one of those families that thought suicide didn't apply to them. Dennis never knew how to ask for help. He was a master of privacy and secrecy when it came to his emotions. I knew Dennis was struggling but I never realized how much. They say hindsight is 20/20 and I believe I could have helped Dennis or at least felt that I tried if I had the training and awareness I have today. I will never get that chance something a lot of us survivors struggle with. I am so Thankful for my survivors of suicide group and the friends I have made along this grief journey. Barb Smith, you are an Angel you INSPIRE us and give us HOPE! Please come Walk for Team Wirgo and be the VOICE for Dennis and help support Walk For Hope. It does make a difference, We can make a difference!