Jeff Olson made tragedy a reality 10 years ago; His passion and work continue

UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) – There are currently a number of communities and families in the Upper Peninsula that are experiencing a situation very similar to Jeff Olson’s.

Olson’s son Daniel committed suicide in 2012 after battling depression and anxiety. He was an All-State athlete, leader, and friend.

The documentary Do it for Daniel tells his story. And for the past 10 years, Jeff Olson has been very open about what happened. He has worked hard to increase suicide and mental health awareness, programming, and resources for those who may be experiencing something similar.

Olson spoke to TV6’s Elizabeth Peterson on the TV6 Morning News. And shared a very powerful and important message that we all need to hear again, especially now.

Listen to Jeff’s words. And if you’re someone who’s struggling right now, know you’re not in it. Below are a number of phone numbers and websites with real people who want to help. To remind you that there is hope.

UP isn’t special because of Lake Superior or because we have the best festivals, trails and parks. It’s a special place because of you and because of the community of support available to each and every one of us.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), [email protected], NAMI-Teens Finding Help website

NAMI crisis text line, text “START” or “NAMI” to 741-741, www.CROSS-TEXTLINE.org

MiCAL (UP and Oakland County Crisis and Access Line), call or text, 1-844-44-MICAL (64225), MiCAL website

Pathways Community Mental Health, 906-225-1181, www.pathwaysup.org

Great Lakes Recovery Centers – Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Specialty Services, 906-228-9696, GLRC website

Call 2-1-1 to reach out to other local youth mental health resources throughout the UP

Although so much has changed since Olson’s son committed suicide 10 years ago, there is still work to be done

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