Depression does not discriminate. In 2012, Kevin Lynch learned this the hard way.
That year, Kevin’s 26-year-old son was released from a maximum-security prison, where he spent six years in isolation for behaviors consistent of a person with un-medicated mental health diagnosis.
To get his son back on track, Kevin agreed they would go back to school together. While he pursued his undergraduate degree, Kevin would get his masters. But two weeks before classes began, Kevin’s life changed forever. His son was found with a heroin needle stuck in his arm. Thankfully, this young man did not lose his life that day, but he did go back to prison. Kevin went someplace else: the deep, dark depths of clinical depression.
I believe we have a social and moral obligation to act.”
Kevin fought depression head-on, with grit and tenacity that he honed while spending the majority of his life helping others. After an injury ended his military career, Kevin turned to the healthcare sector to continue his commitment of caring for and fighting for, those in need. Enduring his struggles, only fueled Kevin’s desire to reduce the number of overdoses, suicides and the incarceration of people who have a mental illness.
“I believe we have a social and moral obligation to act. As a society, we must help this population of people who often cannot advocate for themselves.”
I formed The Quell Foundation because I believe we have the power to change the conversations about mental health, and ignite true change that will benefit people all across our country.”
This is where the Quell Foundation comes in.
“I formed The Quell Foundation because I believe we have the power to change the conversations about mental health and ignite true change that will benefit people all across our country,” said Kevin. “Not just the millions suffering from a mental health condition, but all those who love, care and support them.”
For Kevin, the journey is personal.
“With depression, tomorrow wasn’t guaranteed,” Kevin continued. “Today I am doing great, and my son is home. With the help of strong relationships with family and friends – and The Quell Foundation — my days are now filled with awesomeness.”