I'm 43 and have suffered from mental illness since I was at least 11 years old. At the age of 16 I tried to kill myself but thankfully was thwarted. The years since have had a lot of downs and more recently things are looking up. I support advocacy for depression and suicide prevention because of my personal experience but also be cause my best friend's daughter killed herself in 2006. She was 16, half-sister to my son and the daughter of my heart. For the last 3 years I have walking the AFSP Out of the Darkness 17 mile walk in her memory. My son also suffers from depression and is currently trying to find the right treatment for him. So many people suffer from this invisible disease and the stigma that goes with it. We need to be doing the most we can to change that.