Depression is a serious disease that can lead to suicide, something the family of Gil Taylor knows all too well. In 2010, Gil took his life. Unbeknownst to his wife Katy, his parents Charlotte and Dudley Taylor, and his sister Amy Davis, Gil was battling depression — but what he was feeling and why, they will never know. The road to recovery for Gil’s family has led them to a place they never imagined; the launch of the Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on depression and helping those impacted by the disease find help.
“The support Gil’s family received as they tried to make sense of everything has been overwhelming. Initially, donations in his memory went to the Gilford D. Taylor IV Fund administered by the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, which they continue to support, to fund depression research and work with medical professionals to recognize and treat depression,” said John Anderson, M.D., who is a member of the Alliance’s Board of Directors.
“The Taylor family is honored to have the association with the Baylor Foundation, and is thrilled with the work being done. But they realized that in order for medical professionals to be able to treat more people with depression, a public charitable organization was needed to provide education on how to recognize the symptoms of depression in themselves or in others, and how to get help. The Gil Taylor Depression Awareness Alliance was formed, not as a memorial to Gil Taylor, but as a publicly supported resource to reach out and touch lives in our community impacted by this disease.”
(left to right:) Katy and Nick Taylor, Dudley and Charlotte Taylor and Amy Taylor Davis
“Our hope is that the Alliance will help the public recognize depression as a disease by stimulating conversation and eliminating the stigma associated with mental health issues. We also hope to provide direction to those who are affected by the disease so that lives are saved. It is important that people understand that depression, if diagnosed, is a treatable disease.”