LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman is starting a conversation on a subject many people try to avoid - suicide.
Two years ago, Megan Whitworth lost a dear friend named Nathan when he took his own life.
Today, she is channeling her grief into positive work.
Nathan, 24, took his own life. Whitworth and Nathan were best friends.
"He seemed happy. He was go lucky," said Whitworth, a suicide prevention advocate. "He kept a lot of it a secret. It's hard to come out and say that you have depression, but I wish he had been more open."
Megan recalls how a core group of friends helped her with her grief.
"They were my comfort in the darkness," Whitworth said.
Megan's commitment is to never forget Nathan. She writes a blog named welaugh.org.
"That's something we all have in common," Whitworth said.
To Whitworth's delight, readers nationwide are responding.
"It's amazing that people are reading it," Whitworth said. "It's affecting people in their lives, and that's what I want."
Megan also wants a support group in East Texas. It would help at-risk individuals. Also it would be there for the ones who hurt the most, the family and friends who live on.
"To me, it's kinda a taboo subject around here, and I just want people to be open and realize that this is a reality," Whitworth said. "That it is the 11th cause of death in the United States, and it's something that needs changing. It doesn't need to be a cause of death. It's just trying to make a difference. It's time to make a change."
On Memorial Day, Megan will host a walk for suicide prevention. It will raise money for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Nathan's photograph, among others, will be on a memory table for good.
The "walk for suicide prevention" will be held on Memorial Day at Kiwanis Park in Lufkin. Registration is at 9 a.m. Organizers say the goal is to make a difference together.