This is still a period of mourning for Lucy’s family, and we must be considerate and respectful of their time to grieve. It is unlikely that we will ever know the full details around Lucy’s specific situation, but we cannot fill in the missing information with hearsay.
What we can do though, is educate ourselves on these issues to form a better understanding of how to treat and respond to anyone who lives with, or suffers from, mental illness. There isn't a simple cure or method for dealing with this disease; it's personal, individual, and ranges from mild and discrete, to severe and uncontrollable; and it affects all classes, ages, and races.
The global debate over causes, treatments, and solutions will realistically continue on for many generations to come. Throughout this process though, we must keep the dialog open between the families, doctors, community groups and services, police, and policy makers to ensure that we all move forward in unison, while providing the best possible care available for anyone who lives with mental illness.
Ally assures; “The World Health Organization, The Trevor Project, To Write Love On Her Arms, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Centres for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Mental Health Helpline are all great resources for anyone looking for more information on mental illness, wellness, and education.” The websites and numbers are available at the bottom of this article.