Tonight on Kickass Personal Transformation, we are focusing on destroying the stigma surrounding addiction, depression and suicide.
The stigma is not only dangerous, it can be fatal for those who suffer in silence. In the wake of Robin Williams’ death, many of us are discussing, disclosing, and processing our emotions: not only our grief for the loss of a brilliant talent, but also our desire to have a conversation about these too often taboo topics that should be openly discussed and treated.
Having an open discussion takes courage, and tonight’s guest has plenty of it.
Shannon Cagle Dawson is an award-winning multimedia news producer, an adjunct professor at her alma mater of Butler University, and a member of several charitable organizations. She is also the widow of the highly regarded and award-winning news anchor and investigative reporter Rick Dawson. Rick took his own life as a result of depression in September 2013.
We are grateful to Shannon for her courage, and her dedication to shedding light on these issues.
We are also thankful for Judge Diana Burleson who knows first-hand the effect that addition and mental illness has on juveniles.
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