When my daughter asked me at dinner why I was so sad, I told her, “brain problems”.

How do you explain depression to a 3-year-old? ‘Actually, sweetie, Daddy can’t feel anything, except a consuming emptiness. Sadness would be a relief.’

As I neared rock bottom, one lingering thought kept me from ending my life: a vision of my wife, heart broken, explaining to our distraught child that Daddy was gone.

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Chances are, you know this story too well. Suicide rates in America have been rising for decades. I got help. I’m still here, and I intend to do something about it.

Victory over mental illness can never be a solo affair. In despair, paranoia, or mania, a broken mind feeds on the same terrors that break it. Self-harm seems right to an imagination that cannot see beyond its chains.

Help must come from outside. Professional help in the form of counseling and doctor-administered medication can win the day. Never underestimate the power you have to positively impact someone who is suffering from mental illness. They need a whole team of supporters to recover. A smile, a shared laugh, a compliment – you can help save someone’s life in the smallest ways.

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For the fourth year, we are sharing our support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with the benefit show ‘A Little Spark’.

This year we are honored to take our show to the Everson Museum of Art’s stage. This will be a truly special variety show, with appearances from local musicians Greg Maslyn and Gary Carpentier (from The Voice), stand up comedian James Fedkiw, the premiere Rochester sketch team Thank You Kiss, and some of your favorite SIC teams. Our host is the incomparable AFSP advocate, Anthony DeMario.


The deets: December 16, 1:00 – 3:30pm, doors open at 12:30pm, Admission $10

Please help us support this good cause. AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources for those affected by suicide. You can purchase show tickets in advance, here.

For a person suffering under despair, only someone outside can shine a light at the end of the tunnel. And so we will help how we can, igniting that light with a little spark.