Detroit Catholic: After losing her daughter to suicide, parishioner’s dream is to offer help for others
An extraordinary article about Catherine Galdes, a friend of Mood Lifters and host of one of our groups.
“Galdes wants to see a change in treatment options for teens and young adults with depression, including care facilities that specialize in depression. Currently, by law, hospitalization in a psychiatric unit is the only option for children at risk of suicide.
A month after Bethany passed away, Galdes’ sister arranged for a priest to celebrate a special Mass in her back yard on what would have been Bethany’s 17th birthday with Galdes and 70 friends and family. The next year, as they gathered again, a friend suggested that Galdes start a foundation — a recommendation she took to heart.
Later this month, the Bethany Anne Galdes Foundation, which seeks to raise awareness about depression and gather resources for treatment approaches and research, will mark its fourth year with a Founders Day Celebration.”