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Marci Thibault and Kaleigh and Shane Lambert
About one in four adults experiences some type of mental illness in a year, some types are very minor and others are very significant. Children and youth also have significant rates of mental illness. Approximately, 35,000 Americans commit suicide every year. Yet, despite these startling statistics, mental health is a topic that is difficult to discuss in some families, workplaces and other important organizations.
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On the evening of January 11th, 2008, Kaleigh and Shane Lambert, along with their aunt Marci Thibault, lost their lives due to an unimaginable incident on a Massachusetts highway. We founded Keep Sound Minds in 2008 to honor our young children and our twin sister (in-law) to increase awareness about the importance of education and improved treatment of mental illness. Most importantly, we want everyone to understand that Marci Thibault was a loving and caring person who always wanted to help others. Marci enjoyed children very much and worked as a daycare provider, field hockey & gymnastics coach. Everyone who knew her realized that Marci was generous, sincere and always thought of others before herself. In her right mind, Marci would never think of hurting herself or another human being, especially her beloved niece and nephew. The highway incident was the result of Marci experiencing a sudden, unexpected psychotic or delusional relapse. Marci and our young children, along with our entire family have suffered the consequences of misunderstood, unrecognized serious mental illness. We believe flawed policies and lack of information and education regarding mental health contributed to this tragedy. The goal of Keep Sound Minds is to change that. With increased knowledge of the complexities of the mind through education and research, many lives could be improved and saved. In the last six years, Keep Sound Minds has grown to include many volunteers and professionals who have seen the impact of untreated mental illness.
Ken and Danielle Lambert and the Keep Sound Minds
Board of Directors
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