It is beyond heart-wrenching and sad to read the story of Steven Young's suicide and the obvious anguish that his loving family and fiancée are experiencing (“Forever Young, Feb. 8 edition). As the Founder of Mind Ally, an Ottawa-based mental wellness charity, I see and hear far too many of these tragedies occurring across Canada and elsewhere, especially during these seemingly dark times.
I salute and honour the Low Down and Steven Young's family for graciously and caringly sharing this story. The willingness to share an often-hidden tragic event will touch more souls and help more people than you can imagine.
Mind Ally is currently working with an Ottawa-based initiative, Dare to be Vulnerable, by Susan Blain, [who is an] interviewer, storyteller and videographer, to do – in video – precisely what you have accomplished with your courageous sharing of this story in the Low Down.
With deep gratitude and best wishes to Mr. Young's family, fiancée and children.