The Impact Of Activism On Mental Health Can Be Devastating, But Here’s How Experts Say We Can Close The Gap

Bustle - 04-19


Last month, two teens who survived the 2018 Parkland mass shooting — at least one of whom struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder — died by suicide within a week of each other. So did Jeremy Richman, the father of Avielle Richman, one of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting. Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, had started the Avielle Foundation after their daughter was killed, dedicating themselves to preventing violence through brain research. And while the mother of activist Amber Evans, whose body was found in March 2019 after a two-month search, disputes claims that her daughter died by suicide, those who knew Evans described her life in terms of its dedication to justice: “Anyone who knew Amber knows that she was extremely disciplined and dedicated to struggling for a better world,” Tynan Krakoff, lead organizer for Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Columbus, told The Grio.