With the growth, we have seen and getting the word out there of Suicide and Mental Illness I wanted to share the first part of the story published by the Lansing State Journal. I was very proud of this and the response that it got because it is so important to anyone going through the process of a loss to know that they are not alone also and to those fighting the fight in their head you can do it! It is a hard and challenging time that requires a lot of healing and a lot of strength but it can be done and you can do it, support makes it easier and we are here for you.
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A large part of my focus is on sharing my story for a couple reasons. First and foremost mental illness can affect anyone and it is usually those we think are the strongest. Mental illness can take many forms and doesn't always result in the loss of life but can drag on a lifetime. Knowing you are not alone definitely helps and seeking help does make a huge difference and there are so many different treatments out there. Finding the right tools and resources for you are so important because it helps speed up the trial and error phase and we have to use them but also you need to be aware of them. I have attached a couple links here to find out more information.
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It's also a focus because I have found that in my growth through this that there are small tools that can help in huge ways that we sometimes don't think of such as keeping a journal or meditating. Some of the simplest things can do the most for us and it is important to implement them into your life to change any negative routines. It's habits a lot of times that can lead our minds down the wrong path but that also doesn't mean certain illness can't either such as Bipolar. It's not being selfish, it's having self-maintenance and we all need it especially when healing or getting through our challenges. Keeping a calendar helps see change and growth over time since we do not see the changes immediately we need to know they are happening. We have to see change and we have to see growth to know if something is working for us or not. So I hope you get a lot out of the following article published.
I was so happy on this story so here is the first part and I attached a link here so you can read the whole story. No one should suffer silently and Your Story Isn't Over Yet!
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CHARLOTTE - Eric Zink’s father was his biggest supporter after Eric's wife, Brandy, checked into a hotel room and killed herself three years ago.
The couple had separated after four years of marriage. They were in the midst of a divorce. Brandy moved from their house in La Palma, California, to Arizona to live with her mother, but Eric Zink talked to her often. He never suspected she was in crisis.
After she died in August of 2015, he struggled with grief and regret.
“Looking back, hindsight’s 20/20, and there were signs,” said Zink, who is 37.
“You can’t blame yourself,” Barrett Zink told his son during countless phone calls from his home in Charlotte.
“My dad was there for me the whole time,” Eric said. “He was a rock.”
People who are struggling don’t always wear those emotions on their sleeve, Eric said. Sometimes they hide them away, even from the people they love.
Barrett Zink was one of them.
The beloved Charlotte physician was a fixture in the community where he and his wife, Elaine, had lived since 1977. He delivered babies, prayed with the dying during house calls and counseled patients who called him at home. He was a concerned father and loving husband and grandfather.
But Barrett Zink struggled with depression his entire life. When he took his own life last August, no one saw it coming.
Losing two loved ones to suicide in three years inspired Eric to start Dr1ven Industries, an outreach honoring his father and late wife.
It’s time to talk about suicide and mental health, Eric said.
“It is okay,” he said. “You have to share it, so the person out there who’s hurting realizes, ‘Maybe I should talk to somebody.’ There’s that much more of a chance they will speak up if you talk about it. Nobody in that last moment should feel alone.”
'There was worry'
The prominent three-inch tattoo of a semicolon on Eric Zink's right forearm is surrounded by the words "Your story isn't over yet."
He got it 10 days after his father died.
Eric Zink (left) with his father Barrett Zink, who
Eric Zink (left) with his father Barrett Zink, who took his own life last August. Eric lost his late wife to suicide three years go but said talking about it "came really naturally after my dad." (Photo: Photo courtesy of Eric Zink)
During his last phone conversation with his dad, they talked about Eric’s sobriety. A recovering alcoholic, he was just starting to rebuild his life. Barrett Zink, 65 and nearing retirement, told his son he was proud of him. They talked about Eric’s plans to visit Michigan that winter.
“There was a lot of laughing,” he said. “I remember him saying, ‘I love you. I can’t wait to talk to you again.’”
Barrett Zink asked Eric to call him the next week.
Two days later, on a Sunday morning, Aug. 13, 2017, Barrett Zink left his house to meet his son Kurtiss for a game of golf at a course near Grand Rapids. He never showed up.
He was found dead in his vehicle on the side of a dirt road in Ionia later that day.
The "how" is less important and far easier to answer than the "why," Elaine Zink, 66, said.
Her husband struggled with depression for decades, she said, and had attempted suicide once before, in 1985.
Outwardly, Barrett Zink had a vivid personality. He rode motorcycles, skydived and drag raced. Caring for patients was his first passion though, she said. His gravestone reads "Beloved doctor, husband, father and grandfather."
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