The loss of a close friend is unimaginably difficult to get over. One can only imagine that the pain is amplified when the deceased took their own life. It’s easy to be swallowed up in a mire of sadness, blaming yourself for not seeing the signs. For some, it’s constructive to take that negative energy and put it towards something positive. Take this soldier, for example.
Suicide rates are particularly high in the military. When his close friend took his own life, he decided to take to the streets to raise awareness of suicide rates in the armed forces. Equipped with a halloween skeleton in army fatigues, he walked through the streets of Troy, New York demonstrating in no uncertain terms the costliness of poor mental health infrastructure for returning veterans.