Eighteen years after I wrote, Let's Stop The Suicide Epidemic, I wrote this article in February 2018 and it was published in the Cape Cod Times on March 8, 2018
"We need to change the culture of this topic and make it OK to speak about mental health and suicide."
New York Islanders assistant coach Luke Richardson, whose 14 year old daughter took her own life in 2010.
Epidemics that can last for weeks or even months are always newsworthy, generating major stories in newspapers and on TV. Recent epidemics have included the Zika virus, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, otherwise known as MERS virus, and avian and the swine flu.
Today there is a widespread opioid epidemic throughout the country. Next to President Trump, there have probably been more stories on opioids than any other subject - and rightly so.
There is also another epidemic occurring throughout the country, one that is not only under reported but rarely reported, an…