NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The passing of country music artist Mindy McCready has brought attention to a much larger issue: helping those dealing with mental illness and depression issues.
"When a person is in that state of mind they can not see beyond their crisis that they're in, they're in a fight with themselves about the problems of their life," explained Susan Gillpatrick, a Crisis Management specialist with the Centerstone group.
Susan has seen it before. Someone already in the grasp of depression losses someone close to them much the way McCready's boyfriend took his own life just lat month.
"That's huge, that's huge to have somebody close in your life die suddenly. That level of despair can be overwhelming," she said.
Add that to all the pressures of being a once up and coming country music star and Susan said it can become overwhelming.
"They can not see or focus on the people that are gonna be effected, they don't have the clear focus," Susan added.
As tough as this all can be, Susan hopes others dealing with depression, addiction or tough times see what Mindy went through as trigger to get help.
"I think it's OK to use the word support. People are afraid of the word counseling. Say support, you need support to work through this time in your life because we're not made to be able to snap out of things that we're going through," she said.
Centerstone has a number of resources available for those looking for help: 24 Hour Crisis Intervention 1(800) 681-7444 or www.centerstone.org.