by Mike Ferguson
(St. Charles, MO) – It’s a tragedy that still has Missourians – especially those who knew him – in disbelief: the apparent suicide of State Auditor Tom Schweich. The investigation into his death concludes that Schweich took his own life after a long history of dealing with both mental and physical challenges.
Our political process has moved forward, as it’s designed to do in times like this, but there are still more questions than answers regarding why someone with a history of personal, professional and political success would end his own life, even with the aforementioned struggles.
This week, we hear from Dr. Liz Sale, a mental health researcher with both the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and the University of Missouri-Columbia and from former US Senate candidate John Brunner (R). Sale discusses the myths and realities of suicide and how we can all help someone in need. Mental health challenges affect more people than many realize and it’s likely you know someone who struggles with a mental health challenge.
Brunner gives us a first-hand look at the pressures of the campaign trail on people; both the candidate and their family. Are our politics becoming too personal and too destructive? Brunner answers that question as he considers a run for governor in 2016.
We also hear thoughts on Tom Schweich from former Speaker of the House Tim Jones, St. Louis media personality Jaime Allman, State Rep. Caleb Rowden and Congresswoman Ann Wagner, all of whom knew Tom Schweich.
For more information on learning Mental Health First Aid through the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, visit the MIMH link on the right side of this page.
For immediate help, call 1.800.273.TALK.
* this week’s program was recorded prior to the completion of the investigation into Auditor Schweich’s death.