GREEN BAY, Wis. — A Green Bay family is shining a light on depression after losing a relative, who was a community leader and suffered from depression.
Jim Rivett took his own life on Aug. 23. Now his family is determined to raise awareness and help others cope, WLUK-TV reported.
Rivett's brother, John Rivett, says his brother "meant so much to the community and to our lives as well."
"Every death by suicide leaves a hole in people's lives all over our community," explained Jeff Strommen, chairman of the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention.
Family members say Jim Rivett had been battling depression for the last few years, while trying to help others.
"He wanted to be a voice for people who didn't have a voice. He was very compassionate in that way," said John Rivett.
Rivett directed a documentary on the Jackie Nitschke Center, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center in Green Bay. He also appeared on CW 14 Focus in 2014 to explain how a chance encounter led to the film.
"It came from an experience where I found somebody in our office who was homeless and got into the bathroom. We raised some money to get them into the Jackie Nitschke Center," Rivett had said.
Rivett's family plans to get involved with suicide prevention efforts.
"If we reduce the stigma associated with talking about suicide and these mental health struggles and challenges that we all face, we'll see a decrease in suicide and an increased level of hope," said Strommen.