Advancing Mental Health in Lou Ann's Honor

Advancing Mental Health in Lou Ann's Honor

From Lou Ann's Family & Friends -

Lou was a huge advocate of health and wellness. This commitment, combined with her dedication to serving people, provides the perfect opportunity for all of us to do the work she can no longer do herself.

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26 days ago

On behalf of Adam, Abby, Andie, and the Gouker and Goldstein families, we are deeply touched and so appreciative of the outpouring of support for these essential mental health organizations. While we continue to struggle with this tremendous loss, we are heartened to know that Lou Ann’s spirit and energy have had such a significant impact on so many and that your generous contributions will serve to support so many similar families and individuals in need. It's OK not to be OK.

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Lou Ann Gouker-Goldstein was kind, incredibly smart, hilarious, spunky, fun, and full of life. She often called it like she saw it and got straight to the point. Guided by this spirit and with a very heavy heart, her family and friends are grieving the tragic reality that she took her own life on Sunday, June 6.

Suicide is complicated for those left behind. In the days, weeks, months, and years to come, so many will be working to come to grips with losing Lou Ann. 

Lou was a doer and dedicated her life to serving others. She was thoroughly committed to her husband, girls, family, and friends, not to mention her patients and their families. She may no longer be with us, but her spirit and memory will accomplish much good—service that will complement the work she did to serve others during her time with us.

The medical community's understanding of mental health and how to best treat it is woefully lacking. Additionally, the stigma surrounding mental health challenges and treatment remains deeply entrenched, too often gripping people with shame and preventing them from seeking needed treatment.

Lou was a huge advocate of health and wellness. This commitment, combined with her dedication to serving people, provides the perfect opportunity for all of us to do the work she can no longer do herself.

Over the upcoming months, fundraising campaigns will be constructed to carry on her work by raising funds for mental health advocacy and suicide prevention organizations.

The first two organizations to receive donations from this effort will be the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Hope for the Day.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide, and providing services for those in crisis.

Hope for the Day (HFTD) is a Chicago-based non-profit movement empowering the conversation on proactive suicide prevention and mental health education. IT'S OK NOT TO BE OK!

The appreciation for your generosity and support cannot be overstated. Lou Ann's family and friends are all deeply and forever grateful.

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On behalf of Adam, Abby, Andie, and the Gouker and Goldstein families, we are deeply touched and so appreciative of the outpouring of support for these essential mental health organizations. While we continue to struggle with this tremendous loss, we are heartened to know that Lou Ann’s spirit and energy have had such a significant impact on so many and that your generous contributions will serve to support so many similar families and individuals in need. It's OK not to be OK.

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