Powell resident aims to help those suffering from mental illness

POWELL- The family of Thomas "TG" Howard wanted to make sure they didn't hide his mental illness and depression, listing it as his cause of death in his obituaries. It was important to find a positive in the unthinkably hard reality of how he died.

Howard took his own life Christmas day, 2015. The popular athlete at Cody High School who joined the Navy after graduation had first turned to alcohol and then opiates in an effort to deal with his mental illness.

"A lot of people that struggle with mental illness also struggle with addiction," said Howard's sister Heather Lang, of Powell. Howard wa...


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