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Why You Must Put the Cape Back On

Monday, April 24
People fear what they don't understand. Most cultures believe that mental illness is not a disease but rather a character deficiency and thus becomes a direct contributor to reinforcing that belief. This presentation is delivered from a very personal perspective as a chief and the turmoil that naturally evolves as a Cape Wearer from trying to maintain the 'superhero' image. Having lost his son to suicide after a life long battle with mental illness, the instructor knows firsthand how being a 'cape wearer' and a father struggling to keep his son alive can take a toll.
Patrick Kenny, Chief (Ret.) - Western Springs (IL) Fire Department