Katie's Story

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August 2016

Father’s heartbreaking obituary for his daughter debunks a major myth about mental health

View original article on revelist.com here He plead with his community not to use "that phrase." Emily Shugerman @eshugerman No father wants to open about their child's biggest struggle, but when Ed Shoener lost his daughter to suicide, he used the opportunity to educate his community about mental illness — in the form of a moving obituary. Katie [...]

Dad Writes Obituary on Mental Illness Stigma After Daughter, Katie Shoener, Dies by Suicide

Read this article in it's original format on The Mighty. Katie Shoener was not bipolar, she had an illness called bipolar disorder – an important distinction her father, Edward Shoener, wants people to know. Katie Shoener was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2005 and died by suicide on August 3. She was 29 years old. Her dad, a deacon, [...]

Katie’s obituary used to support New Mental Health Hospital In Chattanooga Tennessee

Roy Exum: Approve Erlanger’s Needs Read the article from the Chattanoogan.com here Monday, August 22, 2016 - by Roy Exum Roy Exum There will be a hearing this week that will determine if the state of Tennessee should issue what is called a “Certificate of Need” to Erlanger Hospital for psychiatric purposes. It proposes to [...]

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Fino a dove può portare la malattia mentale? Fino alle conseguenze peggiori, come il suicidio. Dagli Stati Uniti arrivano una storia drammatica e un invito fortissimo a ripensare il nostro modo di rapportarci con chi soffre di disturbi mentali Scopri di più su La storia di Katie Shoener, una ragazza americana di 29 anni di [...]

On the deacon’s daughter who committed suicide: ‘God will use this death to help others come out of the shadows’

Read the article by Deacon Greg Kandra on Aletia.org here AUGUST 17, 2016 Many will remember this post from last week. That story caught the eye of a reporter at The Washington Post, who contacted me and wanted to interview Deacon Ed Shoener about his daughter’s death following her battle with bipolar disorder. I put [...]

A deacon’s daughter loses the battle with bipolar disorder: “She was a beautiful child of God”

View original article by Deacon Grag Kandra on aleteia.org here. I received an email yesterday from Deacon Ed Shoener, from the Diocese of Scranton. I met Ed when we were in Rome for the Jubilee for Deacons in May, and he thought I might want to post this item and spread the word. It is the obituary for [...]

Woman’s death shows why we shouldn’t define people by their mental illness

Grieving family used woman's obituary to educate others about mental illness Read the original article on SheKnows.com here Aug 08, 2016 by Meagan Morris Kathleen "Katie" Marie Shoener was only 29 when she died by suicide, according to an obituary published earlier this month in The Times-Tribune. The Pennsylvania-born woman was diagnosed with bipolar disorder [...]