NJ mom launches nonprofit after son’s suicide to promote mental health

NORTH HALLIDON – Michael Scanlan was witty, personable, and hot dog on the dance floor.

From the outside, he seemed to have enviable qualities. But some may not have known how he actually felt on the inside.

The truth is, he wasn’t always feeling well.

And when the COVID-19 pandemic took a turn for the worse, and Scanlan support groups were forced to cancel their meetings, it plunged him into disarray. He never recovered, and on September 19, 2020, he committed suicide. He was 36 years old.

Now, a year later, his grieving mom feels guilty for the warning signs she thinks she’s missed. She said in an interview this week that she is determined to capitalize on the tragedy.

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