Taking action to prevent suicides, a west Michigan car dealer started a “Be NICE” program to prevent suicides like that of his brother, who suffered from depression before taking his own life:

  • Be: Be aware.
  • N: Notice what’s “right and good” about a person and their normal behavior.
  • I: Invite yourself to speak with them.
  • C: Challenge them and yourself. Is there a reason why these things are happening? Be willing to ask the tough question, are you planning to kill yourself?
  • E: Empower yourself to advise the person to get help.

His program is now being taught in Michigan schools, with over 100,000 students hearing about it.

This Automotive News article is worth reading. It may save someone’s life.


And veterans are dying at 20 per day, making up 18% of all suicides in the USA, according to an article in Military Times.


Depression is not a joking matter, it’s a very dangerous disease – stinkin’ thinkin’ that gets hold of people. I have battled depression on and off for more than ten years. The preceding link goes to a presentation I made at work a few years ago.

So think twice before you joke about depression.

Other articles

In previous blog posts, I began telling the story of my brain tumor and the depression which followed it. The second article in the series described my faith in God which sustained me through both trials.

Having recently started a word-by-word translation of Martin Luther’s Bible from German to English, I introduced the projectand published Matthew Chapter 1 . Later I wrote commentary on it; my church background and theological training is in my USA Melting Pot bio.

Dale Murrish writes on historytraveltechnologyreligionand politics for the USA Melting Pot club, LinkedIn, and Troy PatchYou can help this non-profit club by making your Amazon purchases through the link on the left side of their website. You can also see over a dozen ethnic presentations from people with firsthand knowledge under Culture & Country (right hand side), and outdoor presentations (Hobby & Fun), including posts on bicycling, skiing and camping.

Other interesting articles on the USA Melting Pot website have been written by Bilal Rathur on his hajj to Saudi Arabia (Part 6) and by Carl Petersen. Thanks to both of them for their contributions.