Hadley Johnson of St. Joseph died April 29, 2019. She was just 17 years old when she took her own life.

Hopefully, Herald-Palladium readers took note of her obituary that appeared in this paper a few days later. I found it to be a poignant portrayal of one family’s concern with the issues of mental health and suicide. I believe our community has been well served because Hadley’s parents, as they wrote in the obituary, chose not to “suffer in silence.”