Holmes Murphy Free Webinar Series || Journey Towards Recovery || 11:00 a.m. ET
AFTER THE LOSS OF TWO BROTHERS TO SUICIDE
Dennis Gillan was a junior in college when the phone rang and his whole world turned upside down. His older brother Mark lost his battle with depression and was gone. After graduating college, Dennis settled down with a great career, beautiful wife, new house, when tragedy struck again. Eleven years after losing his older brother to suicide, his younger brother Matthew followed his older brother and he also died from suicide. Two brothers, eleven years apart, both gone.
Dennis slowly clawed his way out of this unimaginable darkness and now shares his story of sobriety and counseling with anyone who will listen in hopes that the stigma associated with mental illness will disappear. In this webinar, Dennis will reflect on his time spent on the Suicide Prevention Hotline, and his work with various non-profits, and his experience sharing his story with college students to shed light on ways to keep mental health top of mind with those in the Greek Community. There were 44,965 suicides in America in 2016, or one every 11 minutes. Estimates are 1100 of those lost were college students. One suicide is too many.
Dennis Gillan was always a salesman, honing his skills in the pharmaceutical industry. He left the corporate world to pursue suicide prevention full time in 2016 and has not looked back. Dennis Gillan is on a mission to reverse the current trends in completed suicides and to seriously reduce the stigma associated with getting help for one’s mental health. Dennis has been deeply touched by suicide, and after years of sitting on the sidelines he jumped into helping those in need by working on the suicide prevention hotline when he lived in Chicago. After moving to South Carolina, Dennis got involved with several non-profits that take on mental health issues and this allows him to lobby lawmakers and raise awareness. Dennis’s real calling is telling his personal story of how he recovered from his losses and what he has learned along the way.
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