GREG DUHANEY’S STORY
In 2012, Greg lost his younger brother Kevin to suicide. Kevin was never diagnosed with a mental illness – although Greg urged Kevin to see a mental health professional numerous times. Kevin often isolated himself from his family or made inexplicable accusations against them. And on August 27, 2012, at the age of 33, Kevin took his own life – leaving his parents and two older brothers to deal with their grief.
Greg sought counselling with a sibling loss group and then a CMHA suicide-focused loss group. The CMHA group sessions helped Greg process his grief and deal with his feelings of guilt.
“Being a part of the group exposed me to people with similar emotions and circumstances. I began to understand that a great deal of people who take their own lives are subject to mental health issues…. It helped me understand his suicide was out of my control.”
GREG GETS LOUD
After the group sessions, Greg started to get active and GET LOUD about mental health issues.
Greg received training and became a volunteer at CMHA where he facilitated a group and several drop-in groups. Since then, Greg spoke as a panelist for the 2014 Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and was chosen to represent CMHA for the visit of the Governor General’s wife. During this visit, Greg spoke about the services CMHA provides to suicide loss survivors.
“CMHA has granted me multiple opportunities to share my story and give my grief journey meaning.”