Given the recent sad events in our community, we are working anew to bring the issues of mental illness, depression, and even the often-taboo topic of suicide into everyday conversation. Ethical Humanism is a hopeful life stance, but it also acknowledges the reality of pain and the fragility of life. In this talk, based in part on a platform given in 2009, Kate will describe some of the most difficult feelings of being human, share some information for use in times of crisis, and explore some of the complex issues around depression and suicide. Following this talk, a special post-platform meeting will be held particularly for those who would like to discuss a possible ongoing support group for depression and related issues.