‘Carl’s Cause’ is a 501 (c)(3) which promotes mental health awareness. It was created following the devastating loss of an amazing young man, Carl Specht at age 27.
Carl was a loving son, brother, cousin and friend to many. He was smart, kind, handsome, athletic and funny. His life was not defined by mental illness but his death was. Carl died by suicide on June 23, 2017 the result of depression, stigma that surrounds mental illness and the lack of access to care.
The future of mental health must change as too many promising, young people are losing their lives to this illness. Our goal is to bring mental health awareness to the ‘stadium level’, where it’s ok to talk openly about mental health among families, friends, co-workers and children of all ages.
The time is NOW – the topic is A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.