Spectrum

May 23, 2016

THE PRESIDENT OF A UNIVERSITY IN SOUTHWESTERN OHIO HAS OPENED UP ABOUT HIS PAST STRUGGLES WITH DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE TO ADDRESS WHAT HE SAYS IS A STIGMA ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS


THE PRESIDENT OF A UNIVERSITY IN SOUTHWESTERN OHIO HAS OPENED UP ABOUT HIS PAST STRUGGLES WITH DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE TO ADDRESS WHAT HE SAYS IS A STIGMA ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI SPOKE PUBLICLY ABOUT HIS STRUGGLES SATURDAY AT A FUNDRAISER IN INDIAN HILL. 53-YEAR-OLD SANTA ONO (OH'-NOH) TOLD THE CROWD OF ABOUT 200 PEOPLE THAT HE ATTEMPTED TO TAKE HIS LIFE AT AGE 14, AND AGAIN IN HIS 20S. HE SAYS HE PERCEIVES AN INCREASE IN MENTAL ILLNESS OVER THE YEARS AT UC, BUT IS IMPRESSED THAT STUDENTS ARE FACING THE PROBLEM DIRECTLY BY RAISING FUNDS AND AWARENESS. ONO SAYS HE HOPES SHARING HIS STORY WILL HELP BREAK THE SILENCE SURROUNDING MENTAL ILLNESS.

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