Out of tragedy, Waynesboro man finds his voice to help those struggling with their mental health


WAYNESBORO Over his 45 years, Ronald North has known perhaps 15 people who died by suicide. For him it was not something extraordinary.

That changed three years ago. The Waynesboro man\’s partner died by suicide, sending North into a tailspin. He had already struggled with depression for most of his life. He was now going through complicated grief, defined by the Mayo Clinic as feelings of loss that are debilitating and don\’t improve over time.

North was able to find help in the form of his work with the Virginia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He currently serves as a board member and LGBTQ ambassador for the chapter. Not only did the foundation connect him to a community of people who understand him, but it also helped North accept himself.

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