Thus far I’ve interviewed intentional writers with all kinds of messages, many of them connecting to very visible concerns like peace in the Middle East or interfaith understanding. Today, however, I am pleased to have author Sharon Angelici share her message about inspiration, mental health, and suicide prevention.
Interview with Sharon Angelici
Tell us a little about you.
I lived in the Midwest for most of my life. I was a stay-at-home mother. After finishing school to become a police officer with a degree in police science I married to my best friend and we have made two wonderful young men. This year both sons went off to college. It was my time to fly.
When and why did you start writing?
I spent a few years as an English major and writing has always been a way for me to deal with the pressures of being a wife and mother. I wrote my first poetry in grammar school. I’m sure it wasn’t very good and I never shared it but it felt good to play with words.
Why did you choose to write your book?
A few years ago three teens in my small farming community committed suicide. The families were devastated and from their pain they established Just Live, Inc. This non-profit group has raised almost $450,000 to bring programs and awareness about suicide and depression to our surrounding counties. Their largest fundraiser is the Labor of Love music festival. I was a volunteer at this event and met a woman who had lost her child to suicide. She shared her story and it broke my heart. I was so overwhelmed with emotion I didn’t know what to do with my own pain. So I wrote. I created this short story so that I could just release how I felt. I shared it with a few friends and other writers that I know and they encouraged me to share it and I did. I published it as a kindle book and the reviews were all 5 star. I decided to meet with the Just Live, Inc. organization and share the book and my idea that we should partner to raise funds together. I’ve committed to share 1/3 of the profits with them. It feels right that it creates a full circle moment.
If there is one thing you’d want people to do after reading this book, what would it be?
I’d love for this book to help create conversations that are very difficult to start. I’ve share it in small group settings and the conversation topics have an amazing range. I’ve talked about suicide in some of the strangest places. I’ve heard coming out stories, experiences with abuse and even depression. Most of the conversations begin with how difficult it is to get through the first few pages of Dear Kane. I want this book to become a tool for telling your own story.
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I am so moved by Sharon’s energy and efforts to address this issue. The way she was inspired to address a problem that impacts so many lives, and yet remains undiscussed (partially because of stigma) fills my heart.
I want to say to anyone who is reading this right now – if you are worried about someone, reach out. Let them know they are not alone in this battle (and make no mistake – this is a battle).
Most communities have a 211 resource line to call that will put you in contact with counseling, support groups, or other helpful resources.
And if you’re battling this yourself, remember these things:
You matter. You are so important. You have inherent value. Everything you do impacts the people around you. You may not realize how many lives you touch, but you do.
You are loved not just by those you know, but by people you may not even realize! Though I may be a stranger, I love you as a sister or brother human on this wonderful world of ours! I value you. You are precious and I’m thinking of you, sending you love across miles.
Do you tell people you love them? Do you show them? How? Leave a comment below!
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