Steelman Family Foundation

There Has to be Another Way. #NoMoreSuicides

It feels like yesterday when we learned of the tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Surprisingly, it has already been six weeks. As I reflect on that week, I found it frightening, alarming and tragic to watch their deaths be used to boost emotionally charged ratings while being neatly packaged in a PSA about mental health and suicide prevention hotlines. These two successful, accomplished, revered, world renowned adults had access to mental health. They had loving family surrounding...

FREEDOM TO BE A KID AGAIN

One of the best-known sentences in the English language is the second sentence in the Declaration of Independence. You know, the one that begins, “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”. Let me use these most potent and consequential words in American History to address the freedom that this declaration was meant to address. The Declaration justified the independence of the United States from King George’s rule. It spoke of natural and legal rights and has since become a statement on human...

The Choice to Die

Last year, I received a letter from a distraught mother whose son was in a horrific motorcycle accident. She explained that the end-of-life team had suggested that they “let her son go.” The neurologist recommended they take him off the ventilator. Prior to the accident, she had discussed death with her son, and he had stated that he would never want to be kept alive by machines and intervention. ...