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Travis County leads the state in suicides

Growing up in Jones Creek, Texas, along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Casey McPherson didn't much dwell on the notion of a human being taking his own life.  "I knew nothing about mental health when I was growing up," McPherson said. "I knew nothing about suicide or depression. You hear about it but until it affects you, until it's close to you, you don't pursue the knowledge of any of it. At least I didn't."

That would come to change.  "My father was manic-depressive, bi-polar," said McPherson. "After a series of events, he got off his medication, you know, had some trouble at home, couldn't find a job. A lot of different things sort of compounded on it, but he took his own life when I was eighteen years old. Luckily I was at the age that I'd had a great amount of time with him; my father was a great man, but he died of a mental illness.

 

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